Replace siding or painting?

Replace siding or painting?

Owning a  home is great, for many people it’s a dream come true. However, there are many obligations to consider when you go shopping for a new home, and maintenance of your home is an endless task many homeowners just don’t think about it. For instance, that beautiful house that you just considered buying, have you spend some time inspecting the outside for clues of aged home? Perhaps you already own a home, in many cases minor repairs now can save you lots of expensive bills in the future.

Should I completely replace my siding or should I be painting?

The outside of your home should not only look good and pleasing, but the main goal is to protect your home from the elements (rain, sun, snow, wind), so homeowners should inspect their homes at least once a year for signs of loose, rotten, and broken boards.

Here is a list of things you should looking out when inspecting the outside of your home. In our experience, quality siding should protect your home for many years if you do your diligent work maintaining (yes, unfortunately there are things to do).

1.  Frequent Painting – Quality siding keeps its color and shape for roughly 10 years or longer, so if your home needs frequent painting (every two or three years), it’s time to consider siding replacement. Painting your home every 7-10 years will protect your home against the elements, will ensure the outside its protected, free from mold, mildew or fungus, will close cracks or possible holes from insects, especially in areas out of your normal reach (fascia boards, near chimney, closed to the roof).

2. Loose and/or Cracked Siding – This is an aspect of siding that isn’t necessarily an immediate cause for concern. Siding stands up to the elements, so some wear and tear is to be expected. If there are only a few boards that seem loose or cracked, keep an eye on the area. If you see large sections of loose or cracked siding, check the layers underneath for damage because ignoring these signs can lead to serious water damage.

3. Mold, Mildew and/or Fungus Growth – Mold, mildew and/or fungus growth may not detrimental to your siding, but if you see any of these it’s important to dig a little deeper and investigate. These growths can be a sign that water is being held inside the wall, so if you see any mold, mildew or fungus, it’s a good idea to do a little digging to see what is causing this. Most of time, power washing your home once a year will be OK, other times just replacing some boards will be fine too (opposed to an entire siding replacement).

4. Holes, Bubbles, Dry Rot – You also want to be on the lookout for any holes in your siding, because even a small hole can be a serious concern. Generally, holes in siding are created by insects, but pests aren’t the only thing you have to worry about if you see holes. Bubbles are almost a guarantee that water has gotten trapped in your siding, which can cause further damage. Dry rot is a serious concern because it begins below the surface of the siding and rots it away until the exterior siding is virtually all that is left for protection. All of these problems in your siding make your exterior vulnerable and can lead to extremely extensive and costly repair bills if not addressed right away.

5. Damaged Interior Walls – Because damaged siding allows moisture to penetrate the layers underneath, it is possible that peeling paint or loose wallpaper inside the home are indications that siding needs to be replaced.

Are you not sure how to inspect and maintaining your home for any of the above listed? Give the professionals at CWC Painting and Services a call today to see how we can help you keep your home well protected!