There are four main parts to your home's exterior that are the most visible attributes. There is the roof, the windows, the garage door, and the siding. When it comes to your siding, you want to know how to recognize problems that mean the siding should be replaced, other reasons why you may want to replace it.
Mold can damage your siding
Mold can grow in places where there is moisture, and this means that the siding on your home can be at risk. When mold takes hold of your siding, it will continue to grow under it, and this puts your home at risk of serious damage. In order to determine if your siding has mold issues, you want to walk along the exterior and look for any signs of mold that can show itself the most along the bottom edge of the siding panel.
Water damage can destroy your siding
Your home will be exposed to water every time it rains and every time it snows, not to mention any time the sprinklers are too close or when you spray it off with the hose to clean it. While siding is supposed to be waterproof, things can happen, especially after years. When the siding ends up with water damage, you will need to have the siding replaced after also having any damage beyond the siding fixed as well. Signs of water damage include water streaks on the siding, paint that is peeling, and if you tap on the siding with the handle end of a screwdriver, then rotted siding can sound hollow, where siding in good shape will sound solid.
Storms can damage your siding
You want to walk the exterior of your home and look for any damage after a good storm. Unfortunately, high winds, a lot of rain, and even hail can cause extensive damage to your siding. Look for visible damage that can show itself as holes, missing parts of the siding, cracked siding, and other damage.
Fix damaged siding soon
You don't want to leave siding up that has mold, rotting, or any other type of damage. You need to have it removed so the problems underneath can also be fixed. This is a good chance to change the siding of your home to something else if you want. When you are thinking of the right siding, make sure it will still fit the style of your home and make sure it is durable and easy to maintain. For more information, contact a siding contractor, who can recommend repairs or replacement.