Siding is attached to the outer walls of a home to keep out the elements. However, as it ages or becomes damaged, it can undermine the structural integrity of your home. Here's how to identify when you need to replace the siding.
Why Should You Install New Siding?
1. Mold Growth Inside Your Home
When there is mold growing on your ceiling or walls indoors, it's a sign of excessive indoor moisture. This can happen for several reasons, including a plumbing leak or a malfunctioning HVAC system. However, cracks or punctures in the siding may also allow moisture to enter your home. Mold and mildew thrive in moist environments and, when left unchecked, could spread quickly, causing damage to your interior walls. A mold infestation may also result in respiratory issues for home occupants. To help prevent this fungus from growing in your house, replace the siding.
2. Spike in Energy Bill
If you aren't using more energy than normal and the utility company hasn't increased its rates, a sudden rise in your energy bill could be perplexing. Often, this is the result of gaps or openings in your house that allow conditioned air to escape, causing your heating and cooling system to work harder and use more energy.
Check for drafty doors and windows around the house or leaks in the attic and around the AC unit. If these are not an issue, your siding may be the culprit. If it is old or damaged, it can't properly insulate your home.
3. Pest Infestation
Cracks in the siding may allow pests like termites and ants to enter your home. These insects can deteriorate wood structures, including the house frame, ceiling rafter, cupboards, and furniture. Termites also attack and disable electrical cables. If you notice these issues, you will first need to get rid of the infestation. Then, replace the siding to keep pests out.
If your siding needs replacement or repairs, contact Storm Solution Specialists of Bellevue, NE. These professionals provide high-quality services, including roofing and gutter repairs, throughout eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. Visit their website to learn more about their siding installation services, or call (402) 291-4040 to request a quote.