Your house’s siding protects it from harsh weather and helps keep the interior warm. It can also add to or detract from your home’s curb appeal. Even if you properly maintain the siding, it will eventually wear out. Sometimes damaged siding can be repaired, but in other circumstances, it needs to be replaced.
How Siding Can Become Damaged
Strong winds can cause pieces of siding to come loose or fall off. Hail or objects that are blown around in a storm can cause dents, chips, or cracks. Siding can blister, bubble, crack, fade, or peel from long-term exposure to sunlight or from repeated temperature fluctuations. Siding can also come loose if it was installed incorrectly.
Problems That Can Be Caused by Damaged Siding
If the siding is damaged, water can seep underneath it, which can cause further problems on both the exterior and interior of the house. You may see mold or fungus on the siding, or siding panels may become swollen, warped, or rotted. Moisture beneath siding can also lead to water stains on interior walls, mold, or peeling paint or wallpaper.
Holes and cracks in siding can allow birds and small animals looking for warmth to squeeze into gaps. Insects can also get in. Termites can cause major structural damage.
Gaps in siding can allow cold air to enter your house in the winter and can let cooled air escape in the summer. That means your furnace or air conditioner will need to work harder than it should to keep the house at a comfortable temperature. If your utility bills have gone up and you aren’t sure why, it could be due to damaged siding and/or insulation.
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Damaged siding can’t do its job. If the problem is limited, you might be able to replace the siding in just one area, but in other cases you will be better off replacing all the siding to prevent more structural damage and to avoid much larger bills in the future.
If you think it’s time to replace your home’s siding, contact JS and R Roofing. We can install new siding on your New London County, Connecticut, home that can make it more energy-efficient and improve its appearance. Vinyl siding can stand up to harsh weather and lower your utility bills. With another cold Connecticut winter right around the corner, now is the ideal time to replace damaged siding. Contact JS and R Roofing today to get an estimate.