Our winter this past year here in Ohio has been a bit all over the place. Between storms, snow, and ice, we didn't know what to expect on any given day. Now that it's starting to clear up a bit, it's time to get a head start on your spring cleaning, and that includes the exterior of your home. If your siding has sustained any damage over the winter, it may be time to replace it. Here's what you need to look out for.
If your siding is made from natural wood, water damage can cause it to rot. This is one of the easiest types of damage to identify, so start by doing a thorough inspection on all sides of your house. Make a note of any areas where you see rot, even if it is just a little bit. The damage is likely more extensive than you can see with the naked eye.
Increase in Utility Bills
If your heating bills have been higher than usual, an issue with your siding may be the culprit. The siding works in tandem with your insulation to keep your home comfortably warm, but if heat is able to escape through cracks or rotten areas, your heating system will have to work harder to maintain the same temperature.
Moisture and Mold
Water is no friend to wood-paneled siding. It causes the wood to expand and crack, and if not treated quickly, can cause mold to form in the damp areas. This can create a health risk for your family, so you'll want to replace any moldy spots as quickly as possible.
Bubbling or Warping
Bubbling and warping are additional signs of damage, likely left over from past seasons. Look for any siding panels that aren't laying flat as they should. These will need to be replaced to restore the integrity of your siding.
Achieve Higher Resale Value
Spring is the most popular time to list homes for sale, and updated siding can add value to your property. If your home currently has wood siding, even if it isn't damaged now, you may wish to replace it with vinyl, aluminum or composite siding. These materials aren't as susceptible to damage as natural wood is, and they'll require far less maintenance and upkeep, which can be a major selling point for buyers.
Here at Wayne Overhead Door Sales and Home Improvement, we are proud to include siding repair, replacement, and installation among our services. We'll be happy to help you get your siding back into great shape. Appointments are already starting to fill up for spring, so call us today to start planning your project.