4 Signs Your Siding May Need Replacement
The siding on your house gives people a first impression of your home. When you take pride in your home, you want it to look its best. New cladding greatly enhances a home’s curb appeal, whether you plan to live in it for many years or it has come time to sell. House siding also helps protect the exterior from potential damage caused by heat, cold, rain, snow, wind, pests – you name it.
So how do you know when your home needs new cladding? Take some time to periodically do a thorough visual inspection of your house siding to check for any damage. This is especially important in the spring, after a hard winter or after severe storms with significant wind, rain and hail. When you examine your home, look for these four signs that indicate your house siding may need to be replaced.
- Swelling, Buckling & Warping
Exterior siding is designed to keep the majority of moisture away from the walls underneath the siding. If you notice swelling in your siding, it can be a sign that it needs to be replaced. Swelling is a strong indication that water could be trapped and the siding could be rotting. Buckling and warping are additional signs that excessive moisture has infiltrated your siding. Any indication that water is being trapped behind the siding is an immediate cause for concern. If not fixed, rotting, mold and mildew, or damage to the wall cavity may occur.
- Fungus, Mold or Mildew
When you examine your house siding, look for fungus, mold or mildew, especially at or near seams. It may indicate that water is penetrating the siding and being held inside the wall, causing unwanted growth. While not all fungus, mold or mildew on siding is a sign of damage, any kind of growth should be investigated further.
- Dry Rot
Dry rot is a specific kind of fungus that begins below the surface and eats away the main body of house siding, causing it to become weak, crack and eventually disintegrate. It’s possible for the surface of the siding to look good even when the bulk of the substrate has rotted away. Dry rot can lead to buckling and cracking in the siding. Any pieces of siding that suffer from dry rot must be removed and replaced. Extensive dry rot will require the entire home to be re-sided.
When you examine your home, take note of any holes – even small ones. Holes in a house’s siding are usually caused by insects. When insects get into siding or go through it, they can cause major damage. Not only that, the holes they make allow rain and snow to get into and underneath the siding. When water penetrates the siding, it can lead to significant problems, including fungus, mold, mildew, rot, wall damage and more.
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If you notice any of these four warning signs, it may be time to remodel your home with new LP® CanExel® prefinished lap siding. Not only does new CanExel siding help protect your home, it gives you the opportunity to change the colour and create the appearance you’ve always wanted. Our products feature a deep textured wood grain for the look of traditional cedar paneling with fewer drawbacks.
If you’re looking for a professional to do your siding replacement job, find an LP CanExel dealer near you.
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Amy Lindholm is the Brand Manager at LP Corp overseeing all Siding brand management activities including strategic plan development, media and digital communication. She has over 15 years of marketing and brand management experience in full-service marketing agencies with an emphasis on brand development, consumer merchandising, and retail sales promotion management working with large blue-chip clients. She also has a B.S. from New York University. She combines two of her loves, travel and racing, to compete in half or full marathons and triathlons across the globe.