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How To Tell If Your Siding Needs Replaced

House with Old Siding

There isn’t any doubt that siding is one of the best options for your home’s exterior. It is durable, requires little maintenance, and has a long life span. In spite of these things however, any Omaha siding contractor will tell you that the day will come when your siding will need to be replaced. Siding replacement is a job best left to the professionals and it isn’t something that any homeowner wants to do unless it is absolutely necessary so knowing whether or not it truly needs replaced is important. The best way to know for sure is to have an Omaha siding contractor inspect your home, but there are some warning signs that can alert homeowners to potential problems with their siding.

Chalky or Peeling Siding – If the texture of your siding has become chalky or you notice peeling, it is an indication that the materials used to manufacture the product have begun to break down. This happens naturally as the siding ages and as a result of the elements, but since the exterior coating is a moisture barrier, as it breaks down, the integrity of the siding itself becomes compromised.

Warping or Buckling – If you look down the side of your home and see bulges or warping in the siding, it is a good indication that it is time to replace it. In many cases the warping and buckling is caused by moisture getting under the panels. This causes the board underneath to warp and push the siding out of place. Warping is a sign that the siding is no longer acting as a moisture barrier for the wood underneath.

Separated Seams – When the seams between the siding panels appear to be pulling apart, the siding will need either repaired or replaced. Separation can be caused by improper installation, but it can also happen as a result of time and the elements. Whatever the cause, it allows moisture to get behind the panels and damage the materials underneath.

These are just a few indications that your siding may need replaced; others, such as cracks, holes, or chips, are more obvious. The best way to determine whether your siding needs replaced or can simply be repaired is to call a reputable Omaha siding contractor for an inspection.

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