Siding can increase the appeal of your home and the overall value of your property. When your siding begins to show signs of wear, it isn’t just cosmetic, but also has an effect on the exterior protection and structure of your home.
Did you know that siding has a life expectancy of 10 to 100 years depending on the materials used?
- Wood siding: 10 to 100 years
- Vinyl siding: 50 years
- Aluminum siding: 20 to 50 years
- Steel siding: 50 years to life
The amount of maintenance that you put into your siding will also play a part in how long it lasts. Different materials require different types of maintenance, and this is a key element of what to look for when purchasing your siding.
5 Signs to Replace Your Siding
Age of your siding is just one way to know if you need new siding on your home. Look at the rest of these tips in addition to the age of your siding to see if it is ready for a replacement.
- Damaged siding. Is your siding showing signs of damage? Rot, cracks, gaps, warping, bulges, dents? If so, it’s time to replace single pieces or the entire exterior. Damage like this may be due to age, but the environment of your neighborhood like weather and wildlife can also lead to damaged siding.
- Fading colors. Fading siding isn’t just cosmetic. It’s also a sign that your exterior isn’t performing as it should be. Don’t paint – it’s a cheap alternative, but could cost more money in the long run. Instead of breaking out the paint brush, replace the old siding with new siding.
- Have you been working on your siding more frequently than usual? If you find yourself dedicating more time to the exterior of your home, it’s time to consider replacing your siding. New siding will not require as much maintenance, and will instead, cause you much less stress, time, and money.
- How’s the interior of your home? Have you noticed peeling paint or wallpaper? If so, your siding may be letting in more moisture than it should. Water will start to penetrate your walls which can lead to major water damage and mold issues, not to mention structural damage.
- Increased energy costs. If your home is experiencing higher than normal energy bills, this could be a sign that your insulation is not performing as it should. Siding keeps heat and air inside your house, and when your siding is compromised, it will not create a temperature barrier.
Call the professionals at McMahon Services and Construction
We know how important siding is to a home and will create a unique style specifically for your home. We install only the top siding brands that can withstand even the toughest Illinois weather condition. Call us for more information today!