2 Subtle Signs Your Home's Vinyl Siding Needs to Be Replaced
While looking at your home's exterior, you may see that its vinyl siding stills overtly appears to be in good condition. However, you may feel that something does not seem quite right when looking at it head-on, leading you to wonder whether or not it may be time to look into having new siding installed. If so, look more closely at the siding to see if you find a couple of subtle signs that it is time to have it replaced.
1. Siding Appears Wavy When Observing It from the Corner of Your House
One subtle side that your home's vinyl siding has seen better days and may need replacing is when the boards start to develop waves or bubbling. These problems can usually best be observed by standing at the corner of your house and looking down the side.
Normally, the boards should appear straight and even. However, if the boards have become warped from the heat of the sun, they will start to form waves. These waves will create gaps as they worsen, causing moisture to build up under the boards.
Along with waves, you may see large bumps that cause the boards to bubble out and away from the side of the house. This bubbling could be caused by extreme warpage or excess moisture buildup underneath the boards. Either way, it represents extensive damage and warrants having the siding replaced.
2. Dry Rot Is Eating Away at the Siding's under Layer
Another sign that your siding needs replacing is when dry rot is present and eating away at the siding's underlayer. Over the years, moisture buildup followed by heating up from the sun's rays will create the right conditions for dry rot to start breaking up the protective, insulating layer underneath the siding.
Since you cannot see this layer, the dry rot could be more extensive than you think. However, you can detect whether or not it is present by using a screwdriver. Tap the blunt end of the screwdriver at various points along the boards. If you hear material falling beneath it, gently pry a board so that you can poke the screwdriver head underneath. If resistance is not felt or you can feel the layer breaking apart, this is usually indicative of the presence of dry rot.
If your home's siding is showing signs of warpage or bubbling and/or you find evidence of dry rot eating away at the layer underneath the boards, it is time to think about having new siding installed. Contact a contractor near you that offers siding replacement services to have them fully inspect your current siding and discuss your options for having new siding installed on your house.