Siding is the last thing that a homeowner may think of replacing. Most homeowners do not pay attention to the siding unless there is an urgent problem with the home’s siding. But perhaps it should be replaced. After all, siding does crack, break, wear out and get old. If repairs are not done at the right time, it begins to leak. This could lead to more expensive repairs. But how does the homeowner know that they need to replace sliding. Here are some of the signs you should look out for.
The home needs frequent painting
If your home needs painting, say once every six years, then you should consider replacing the current sliding. Your home sliding should keep its painting for at least 8 or more years. Siding that is cracking, pealing or chipping is a clear indicator that there is something that needs to be addressed in your home.
High heating and cooling bills
Most people think that heating and cooling bills are only escalated by poor heating and cooling systems or lack of attic insulation. This is true in most cases, but your sliding can also contribute to the increasing bills. If your neighbors are paying lower heating and cooling bills with the same structures as yours, then there is something wrong with your exterior wall insulation. Old or cracked sliding can be a major cause of excessive heating and cooling bills.
Rotting or warping
Visual inspection of the sliding helps you identify any signs of rotting or warping. Take a screwdriver with you when doing the inspection. Look for rotting boards or warping areas or any other damage on the homes sliding. Use the screwdriver to check how solid the inner layers are. If the layers are soft or rotting, then this is a clear sign that something needs to be done there.
Sliding boards can crack or come loose after a storm. If the cracks appear on one or two boards, the only thing that you should do is to repair those boards. However, if these cracks are in almost all the boards, then replacement is necessary. Cracked or loose pieces of sliding can allow water to seep through them, leading to damage on your inner wall. Professional services may be needed to replace these boards.
Peeling paint or wall paper that is pulling away from the inner walls can be a sign that the wall is seeping water. This seepage is mainly caused by faulty sliding. Rather than repainting the inner wall, it is important to check the sliding. If the sliding is not replaced, moisture will still seep in and the paint will continue peeling.
Mold or fungus
Mold grows in most conditions. Thus, growth of mold or fungus on your homes sliding is an indicator that water is penetrating it. It is important to inspect sliding when you see mold or mildew growing. Moisture can cause rotting and eventual collapse of sliding. Thus, the parts affected by moisture should be replaced immediately.
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