As a homeowner, it is hard to overstate the importance of proper siding on your house. The look and state of your siding is a big factor in your home’s curb appeal  and the potential resale value of your home. Aside from the aesthetic, your siding serves as the primary protection for your home against moisture damage and other issues. Over time, sub-par maintenance can lead to cascading issues throughout your home.

The question is, when you notice an issue with your siding, should you opt to repair it or replace it altogether? You of course don’t want to rack up expenses over-resolving a small issue, but a half measure could have significant consequences for your home.

Luckily, we have a useful guide for deciding whether you should go with siding repair or siding replacement.

Signs You Should Repair Your Exterior Siding

If an issue with your siding can be repaired, this will be much cheaper than total replacement if it’s still in overall good repairHere are the signs that you can protect your home with simple maintenance.

First, shallow cracks, chipping, and dents can usually be effectively repaired. Just make sure that they’re contained to a small area, ideally a single panel. If the damage is more widespread, that would be an indicator of an underlying structural issue.

Mold is normally seen as a sign that you’ll need to replace your, but if you catch it before it spreads, it can ideally be resolved a simple repair. This is only an option if the mold has not spread beyond a few panels and if you are positive of the cause. If you’re unable to identify the source of the mold, that likely indicates that there’s a greater structural issue. Don’t forget that the mold you can see from the exterior may only be a small percentage of what’s behind it.

Finally, if only a few of your panels feel rickety or unstable, it’s likely the result of weather damage and can be easily refastened. These can be resolved quickly by any professional.

Signs You Should Replace Your Siding

Total replacement of your house’s siding is one of the most important decisions you’ll make as a homeowner. It’s a sizable undertaking that requires a reliable professional, but if done at the right time it can save you a massive amount of expenses down the line.

Your most pressing warning sign is water damage. If you see rotting, mold, fungus, warping, swelling, and even rust, it’s vital that you replace your siding as soon as possible. Water damage indicates that there’s a fundamental issue that’s threatening the interior of your home.

Next, look at your paint. If you’re seeing a great deal of peeling, fading, or cracking, it could be an indication that your siding has aged and needs to be replaced. Even sun fading can be an indicator of deeper structural issues. If you find yourself repainting constantly or see damage early after painting, it could indicate that your siding is compromised.

Widespread damage, even if it’s relatively superficial, usually indicates that your siding material has aged and needs to be replaced. More importantly, this can also mean that your siding might have termites or other insects. Siding should have enough structural integrity to resist dents, cracks, and chipping.

If you’re seeing structural damage inside your home, the cause could be on the outside. If you’re finding water damage or mold on your internal walls, there’s a strong possibility that there is a severe issue with the siding of your home that must be addressed urgently. This would indicate that your siding has been compromised in its ability to protect your home. If you see water damage inside and you can’t locate a specific internal cause, you’ll want to contact a certified professional immediately.

If you’re seeing any of these warning signs, or if you’d just like to discuss your options for siding maintenance, contact us. We’ll be happy to tell you whether siding replacement or repair will be the more appropriate, cost effective option for your home.