When was the last time you examined the condition of your home’s siding? As your home ages, weather and general exposure take a toll on its structural integrity. The siding is typically the first external sign that your home is aging.

Curb-appeal is very important, not only for your home’s value but for the neighborhood’s as well. The following are 10 warning signs that your siding may need to be replaced.

1. Cracking and peeling

This is the most common sign that your siding is failing. It’s natural for your home to experience some wear over the years. However, a few loose boards can turn into bigger problems if neglected.

Siding - MFsmall2. Bubbling

This effect looks like the siding is on the verge of cracking or peeling. It indicates that moisture trapped underneath is building up just below the surface of the paint.

3. Buckling and warping

If you notice the panels are misshaped in some areas but don’t show any signs of cracking, it still indicates that there is some internal damage. Water seeps between the panels and rots the material underneath.

4. Frequent paint jobs

If every few years your home could use a fresh paint job or you’re continually dabbing spots, you’re only delaying the inevitable and that’s new siding. Exterior paint should last eight to 10 years. If it’s been longer than 10 years since you last painted your home, it’s also time to take a closer look at your siding.

5. High energy bills

Your home’s exterior is your first line of defense from the outside elements. If your siding is failing, then your insulation and windows don’t stand a chance in maintaining their effectiveness. This will negatively impact your energy bills because your cooling and heater unit are forced to work harder. If you notice higher than average energy bills, then it may be that your siding needs to be replaced.

6. Mold or mildew

Always keep your eye trained for mold or mildew. The black patches along corners and seams indicate that water is penetrating the siding and fungus is growing. Many homeowners resort to using chemicals to remove the mold, but that only solves the physical appearance and does not resolve the underlying issue.

7. Peeling paint and wallpaper

Many homeowners don’t know to look inside of their home for siding trouble. If the paint inside a particular room starts to peel or paint starts to chip, then these are signs that there is moisture is seeping in and getting trapped within the wall.

8. Holes

Are you buying more bug spray for your home? Roaches, ants and other insects need an entry point and if your siding is structurally weak, it makes it easier for them to create holes that lead into your home. Squirrels, possums, birds and other pests can also take advantage of bad siding to make your home their home, too. If you see a hole in your siding, the key is to fully assess the damage and fix it fast!

9. Water runoff

After it rains, check the exterior of your home to make sure that the water is draining properly from your roof. If you notice that a water stain (dark streaks or discolorations) starts at the top but doesn’t make it to the ground, this is a sign that the water is entering your home at some point. The damage may not be visible from outside, which means that the all of the damage is in the interior.

10. Nails

Rusted or exposed nails is another detail you can look for as you inspect your home. The siding panels are not secure, which could cause a variety of other issues like mold or higher electric bills. If you see that nails are missing entirely, the siding may have shifted or expanded in an unnatural way.

The presence of any of these damages means that you should consider replacing your siding in the near future. Ignoring a breakdown in your siding’s structure prevents it from protecting your home. Reach out to a Statewide Remodeling professional or have us contact you and be sure to visit our home remodeling specials page.