What You Need to Know About Siding Repair in Calgary
House siding maintenance is just as important as roof repairs and replacement. Most homeowners don’t realize that damaged siding even if minor can cause major impairment to the structural integrity of a home and can result in costly fixes.
Read more about how to spot if your home needs a siding repair.
1 – Hidden Dry Rot
Dry rot is one of the most common problems with siding that goes undetected because it can’t be seen by the naked eye.
What happens is the fungi that cause dry rot eats away the inner siding’s surface leaving the outside body siding still intact and even looking like the siding is untouched.
The key is to find the rot before it becomes obvious to the naked eye.
Dry rot can be found by tapping on your house siding with a rubber handle of a tool. If you hear a hollow noise when tapping against your siding, there’s a good chance you have dry rot.
Consult a roofing and siding expert immediately if you think there is even a chance of dry rot. Extensive dry rot that has been left undetected can result in a total siding replacement. Better to be safe than sorry.
2 – Increase in Cooling & Heating Bills
There are many reasons why your air conditioning and heating system bills are higher than normal.
If you experience a noticeable spike in your billing, the first thing you should do is inspect your roof and attic. If you can rule out those as the culprit, the next step is to get a siding inspection.
Your cooling and heating system shouldn’t be doing all the work. The purpose of siding and insulation is to keep cooled or heated air locked in the home.
Not all siding and insulation are created equal.
Low-grade wall insulation combined with underperforming siding results in excessive heating and cooling costs due to the air escaping the home.
Another way to detect an underperforming siding other than skyrocketing bills is if you are feeling drafts in your home.
According to the Sears Home Service, “if you feel drafts near walls and windows, or around switches and electrical receptacles, chances are that additional insulation and new siding would make a huge difference, both in terms of eliminating drafts and saving you money on heating and cooling.”
3 – Over Painting Your Home
An easy and obvious sign that your home needs and siding replacement is how its paint job holds up.
If you find that you are needing to repaint your home every five to six years, it’s likely that there is something wrong with your siding itself.
Another factor to look out for is severe fading. If the color of your siding has lost its color, this is usually a sign that the waterproofing has run its course.
Quality siding will hold up its color and shape for at least eight to ten years.
If your paint is peeling, chipping or, cracking, this usually means you need a siding replacement, not just a new paint job.
4 – Loose or Cracked Siding
Loose or cracked siding is another factor that may not be as obvious to the naked eye.
Usually, after a severe storm, it may be best to inspect the exterior of your home.
It’s common that after a storm one or two boards become loose or cracked. This is no need to be alarmed, but best to replace the few damaged boards before it causes more severe damage to the interior of your home.
In a Study Guide for How to Inspect the Exterior Course, Sears Home Services suggests to “take a walk around your property and inspect your exterior siding closely, from multiple angles – In particular, check for any siding that no longer lies flat.”
Bulging or warped siding panels, even if minor, can be the tip of the iceberg. Regardless of how minor or extensive the damage is, any disfigurement of siding should be addressed sooner than later.
Any broken, loose or cracked siding must be removed and replaced to prevent water from seeping behind the damaged pieces.
5 – Subtle Signs Inside Your Home
While not always immediately evident, loose wallpaper and peeling paint are both signs of faulty siding.
With unmaintained siding, moisture can seep through the outer layer of the home and percolates in your wallboards.
That moisture inside your home is not always obvious at first but can cause the paint to peel, yellowish water stain, or wallpaper to lose its grip.
As soon as you see these signs, consult an expert immediately.
6 – Small Holes or Dents in the Siding
Even the smallest hole is cause for concern. Tiny holes in your siding are often a result of insects eating away the exterior of your home.
Having bugs puncture the home is one, cause for the need of an exterminator, and two, any rupture in your home’s siding no matter the size can allow moisture to get in.
Similarly, dents, holes, cracks, usually caused by severe weather jeopardize the integrity of the house.
Any damage and gaps to the exterior of the home increase the risk of moisture and pests entering your home.
Maintaining the exterior of your home is not only for aesthetics purposes but essential for the structural integrity of your home.
It is better to be proactive with your home to prevent more costly fixes. If you still question whether or not you need a siding replacement don’t hesitate to book an inspection by experts.