SIDING REPLACEMENT CONTRACTORS
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While you may not have gone around your house to check out the siding in... what? three years or so...? You should put it on your calendar for the first sunny day we have. It can sneak up on you and may be costing you some money.
Siding does get old, crack, absorb moisture and will at some point begin to leak. So maybe you do need to take out that one board, that got hit a few too many times by the lawnmower. And yes there is that spot where the paint started to peel so unpainted wood had been exposed to this winter's freezing temperatures. But it can't be all that bad, right?
So how do you know whether you need just a few minor repairs or need to have a general contractor to give you a quote on new siding? What should you look for to know that something which looks minor could be something major?
Well, we have some things you should take a look at to determine that.
Siding shouldn't need frequent painting. Generally, home siding should be in shape with no peeling or cracking of the paint for 8-10 years and maybe a little longer. If your house siding shows cracks and areas where the paint is peeling or you paint every five or six years, you may have moisture under the siding. This moisture is also affecting the inside of your house.
High Heating or Cooling Bills
Compare your utility bills over the past few years. Make any adjustments for any rate increases so you can be sure you are seeing apples to apples. Or just compare the consumption of the fuel whether it's oil, gas, electricity. Mentally make an adjustment for a really bad winter or hot summer. Check with your neighbors who have similar sized housing. If your costs are considerably higher, you may need to consider your home's wall insulation and siding. Also, determine if you have roof leaks or attic insulation.
Do a visual check of the siding and where the siding meets your roof. Check for any place that could be letting air escape from your house.
On your visual inspection, take a screwdriver and poke the end under any siding that has a warped or misshape to it. Rotten boards will give you little resistance. If the wood feels solid, no moisture is affecting it. If you have warping or rotten softwood, you need to have your siding replaced.
Loose or Cracked Siding
During some of our wind storms, it is easy for some of our sidings to become loose. If it has been pulled away from your building, it's an invitation for moisture. Winds also blow small and large tree branches which will often slam against your house. Check your siding for any cracks or scar damage that has gone through the paint.
You may be able to remove a few broken or cracked pieces and replacement. When you do, check the layers underneath the siding for any further damage to this underlayer. Don't just cover it with a new siding board. It will need to be repaired at the same time. Water behind the siding will still produce wood rot even if covered with new siding.
Replacing one or two boards would be normal repair and maintenance. If you have large areas that have cracking problems or peeling paint, you should contact a general contractor to come to take a look.
Inside the Home
If you have any outside wall where the paint is peeling or the wallpaper is pulling away from the wall, you very likely have a siding problem that is allowing moisture to come into your home. As moisture moves further through the walls, you will see this type of damage on your interior.
Fungus, Mold, Mildew
Excessive moisture will eventually start to show as fungus, mold or mildew on the siding. You will generally see this first on the joints where the siding pieces are up against each other. It's possible this joint has lost its caulk sealant and is letting moisture go behind your siding. Determine how much fungus growth you have and whether you need to call in a professional or not. Fungus and mildew, but especially mold can be a health hazard. If there's a lot, call a professional to check it out.
If it's just a shading of mildew, wash it off and get out the caulk gun to seal these joints. You should add this to your maintenance list every other year.
Faded Siding Boards
Everything has a life expectancy and siding and paint do too. If the color has faded considerably, the waterproofing provided by the paint has also faded. The siding does not have the protective coating that the paint provided. Get out the screwdriver again and poke that siding in places to see if you still have solid boards. If so, you just need to paint. If any of them are soft, you may have lost this protection and need new siding.
Get a General Contractor
Replacing siding looks pretty simple. You just put up sheath walls of plywood and cover them with house-wrap or felt paper and hammer in the siding.
But the truth is, there is a lot more to it than that. Your house needs to be water and windproof and being able to achieve that does take a bit of experience. The fitting and cutting of the siding are crucial.
Some siding can have nails hammered in at an angle, others the nail must be hammered straight in. And finally, all the siding joints of the wood need to be caulked. If you are inexperienced at this, you are much better off hiring a professional general contractor.