The siding on your home is made to withstand the elements for decades. However, at some point, you may have to replace your siding. How can you know the lifespan of your siding? How can you tell if you will need to replace it in the next couple of years?
Determining Your Siding’s Age
Some homeowners know their siding’s age. It might have been installed at the time the home was built or the homeowner may have had it replaced many years ago. For these homeowners, the age is easy to determine.
With that information, you can compare the expected lifespan of the siding material to its actual age. How much lifespan do you have left? Also, how does it compare to today’s siding materials?
For most homeowners, however, determining the age of the siding isn’t quite so easy. They moved into the home and the siding was already in place. They don’t know if it was original from when the home was built or replaced at some time afterwards.
Your Siding’s Condition
If you are one of the homeowners who doesn’t know how old their siding is, don’t despair. Condition plays a major role in determining if your siding needs to be replaced soon.
Here are some signs your home’s siding may need to be replaced in the next couple of years:
- Missing or damaged siding – Minor damage or a few missing pieces can be repaired. If siding is missing large sections or has extensive damage, you need to replace it soon.
- Warping and cracking in the siding – As moisture infiltrates wood siding, the siding can start to swell. This causes warping and can crack the paint on the surface.
- Peeling paint or sagging wallpaper inside – If the siding is allowing moisture to infiltrate the house, the interior walls may have peeling paint or wallpaper.
- Mold and mildew growth – Another problem with moisture in the siding is the growth of mold and mildew. This can appear on the outside or inside of the house.
If your siding appears to be in good condition, you may not need to replace it any time soon. A fresh coat of paint may be just what you need to revive your home’s exterior.
To get a professional’s assessment of your siding’s condition and lifespan, contact Tri County Roofing today. We are the siding experts Charleston homeowners trust with their home’s exterior.