Replacing your siding probably isn’t at the top of your list of things you want to spend your weekend on. Putting it off, however, can lead to permanent damage to your home so it is best not to procrastinate. Here, we look at different kinds of siding and help you know when it is time to replace it.
Wood siding is primarily known for a couple of characteristics. It provides a natural and classic look for a house that can rarely be matched by other types of siding. Wood is also known for being high maintenance. It requires care to sustain its beauty, and if it is not properly maintained, it needs to be replaced often.
Wood siding can expand and contract as temperatures vary throughout the year. This can lead to cracking, which is an important signal it’s time to replace the siding.
If not properly sealed, moisture can get between the siding and walls of your home, causing mold and mildew to grow. Use it as an opportunity to get a proper product with a tight seal.
Although vinyl siding does not require the same level of maintenance as wood, it is still susceptible to wear and tear and will eventually need to be replaced.
The fact that the color in vinyl siding is permeated throughout the material makes it more resistant to scratches and cracking, and makes it less noticeable when it happens.
In time the sun will bleach the color out of vinyl siding. While a little fading is no reason to replace it, don’t let it get too far. If it fades too much, it will become very difficult to match the colors of the faded original.
Aluminum siding is another material that can be maintained for a long time with the proper effort, but like vinyl, aluminum siding is also not a permanent solution.
Aluminum is easily scratched or dented. Scratches are easy to cover up with paint, and if the color fades, just reapply. Aluminum will last pretty much until you’ve dented it so much that it just looks too shabby to keep.
Brick siding is one of the most durable types of siding available and can last a very long time. It is probably the closest you can get to a permanent solution.
However, it is not completely indestructible and some cracking or chipping can occur which will require repairs.
If you notice significant cracking in brick siding, you probably have foundation issues and need to have your home inspected by a licensed contractor.
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