As a homeowner, you rely on your siding to provide your home with protection and a great appearance. But just like any home material, siding can damage and succumb to wear and tear over the years. So, how long does siding on a house last? Depending on your siding type, it can last without the need for a replacement for 15-30 years. Once your siding has run its life course, an experienced team of siding replacement contractors can discuss multiple home siding replacement ideas to find the ideal choice for your needs.
When Should Siding be Replaced?
As time goes by, you may begin to notice wear and tear within your siding. While much wear and tear can be repaired by a professional, there are times when your home will be better off getting the siding replaced. Minor damages such as only a couple of damaged sheets, slight bending, and fastener failure can typically be repaired. However, signs of more serious damage may be indicators that there is a need for replacement.
- Warped Siding: Siding that has become warped or bent should be replaced as soon as possible. Once siding becomes warped, it no longer seals properly leaving room for water and insects to gain entry into your home.
- Increased Energy Costs: If your home’s energy bill is skyrocketing, your siding may be to blame. Worn siding isn’t airtight, causing air and energy leakage. Prevent higher energy bills by replacing your siding promptly.
- Large Areas of Mold or Rot: While small areas of mold, mildew, and rot can be eliminated in most cases with an antifungal spray, large areas indicate a problem with your siding’s seals. Moisture and air will continue to leak through until the damaged siding is replaced.
- Fading and Peeling: Fading and peeling are both signs of serious degradation in your siding. It can also be an indication of moisture settling behind the siding. In either case, it’s crucial that the damaged siding is replaced in order to protect your home against the elements.
Do You Have to Replace Vinyl Siding?
In many cases, vinyl siding can be replaced by the sheet. However, this presents problems with color and pattern matching. In many cases, it’s easier and more efficient to completely replace the siding instead of replacing multiple small portions at once.
Does Insurance Cover Siding Damage?
When your siding is damaged by a storm or other natural occurrence, your homeowner’s insurance may cover repair or replacement. Much like roof damage, the amount covered will depend heavily on the nature of the event, the condition f the siding prior to the occurrence, and the time lapse between the event and the filed claim. In most cases, your siding professional can help guide you through the claim process to help ensure efficiency and timeliness.
Water damage can also sometimes be covered by your homeowner’s insurance. If your siding was damaged due to a burst pipe, your insurance will cover the cost of the burst pipe repair as well as the area’s siding replacement. However, if the siding was damaged due to a slow leak over time, your homeowner’s insurance will not cover the damages. Always read your insurance contract to be clear on your personal coverages.
Your Home Siding Replacement Options
There are multiple types, styles, and materials to choose from when it comes to home siding. From vinyl to wood, each option delivers its own unique benefits and advantages. Metal siding offers extreme protection against UV rays as well as mildew, mold, and rot, but can be susceptible to denting and wind damage. Vinyl options are known for being durable but can become brittle as time goes by. Wood siding presents superior defense against UV rays and wind but can have problems with mildew, mold, and rot. In the end, your siding choice depends on your environment and the home position.
Is Vinyl Siding Better Than Wood?
Although there is much debate, both vinyl and wood siding present great benefits when protecting your home.
Vinyl siding resists the effects of water and hail and can protect against minor impacts. This siding material requires very little maintenance and simply needs to be rinsed on a regular basis in order to stay durable. This fade-resistant material never needs to be painted and can last up to 20 years with proper maintenance and repair.
Wood siding also offers numerous benefits and can protect your home for around 20 years with proper maintenance. This siding material is naturally durable and can stand up to most impacts include hail and falling debris. This UV resistant siding can decrease energy usage in your home and provides extreme water protection. However, in areas with high moisture, wood siding will need to be treated to prevent mold, mildew, and rot. This material can be installed as a natural wood color, stained wood, or painted in just about any color you can think of to provide a completely unique appearance for your home.
When it’s time for siding replacement for your Wyoming and Scranton, PA home, don’t trust just any team. The Independent Construction professionals are experienced and knowledgeable in every style and type of home siding to ensure that you end up with the product and appearance you expect. Call our experts today at (570) 266-8208 to learn more about your siding options or to schedule your appointment.