You may think of siding as an exterior component that adds to your home’s curb appeal, but its role extends far beyond this. Siding protects your home from the elements, insulates against heat and cold, and affects your property value.
Proper maintenance and timely replacement of damaged siding are crucial, especially in the storm-prone areas of Northern Virginia.
How Long Does Siding Last?
The typical life span of siding varies by material, weather exposure, and maintenance.
- Vinyl siding generally lasts 20 to 40 years. This durable material requires minimal maintenance but can become brittle and crack under severe weather conditions.
- Fiber cement siding can last up to 50 years with proper maintenance. However, poor installation or neglect could shorten its life span.
- Cedar siding is a strong, natural material that lasts 20 to 40 years if properly maintained. Be aware that cedar is prone to insect and rot damage if not regularly treated.
Signs You Need New Siding
Identifying the early signs of siding damage can prevent more serious issues from developing. Here are some indicators that your siding needs replacement:
Siding can withstand most weather conditions, but hail is particularly damaging. After a hailstorm, you may notice dents or pockmarks in your siding. Hail can crack or even puncture holes in your siding in severe cases.
This damage detracts from your home’s curb appeal and may allow water to seep through, leading to leaks, mold, or rot behind the walls. If you see hail damage, it’s time to consider new siding.
Loose or Missing Siding Panels
Severe windstorms or improper installation can cause siding panels to loosen or fall off. If not addressed quickly, these exposed areas can become entry points for water and pests. Loose panels also mean less insulation, which could increase heating and cooling costs.
Check your siding after a major storm, and consider a replacement if you notice multiple loose or missing panels.
Faded, Peeling, or Blistering Siding
It’s normal for siding to fade slightly over time. However, the issue might not be just cosmetic if you notice extreme fading, peeling, or blistering.
These problems could signal underlying damage, including moisture intrusion. Request an inspection to see if it may be time to replace your siding.
Warped or Rotted Siding
Siding should lay flat and smooth against your home, but hidden damage can cause it to warp or bulge. These problems may stem from exposure to moisture or heat, resulting in rot, mold, or issues with the insulation.
If you notice warped or rotten areas on your siding, consider it a call for immediate replacement.
Pests can be incredibly destructive. Birds, rodents, and insects can create noticeable holes in your siding. These damage points affect your home’s aesthetics and increase the likelihood of water intrusion and further pest infestation.
If you notice signs of pest damage, replace your siding and consult a pest control company to prevent more harm.
Why Choose CCI for Your Siding Replacement?
Colonial Contracting, Inc. is a family-owned business with over 25 years of experience delivering uncompromising quality, value, and service.
With free, no-obligation inspections, we provide expert recommendations and transparent pricing.
We bring unmatched craftsmanship and attention to detail to every project, backed by a 10-year limited warranty and an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.