Minimizing Damage – Six Emergency Signs You Need a Vinyl Siding Repair
Vinyl siding is the most common type of exterior wrapping there is because it is highly durable, affordable, and virtually maintenance free… unless it needs to be repaired. If you ignore signs that your siding needs to be worked on, then it can lead to more costly damage. As we head into the second half of winter with snow and ice to come, now is the time to consider contacting a vinyl siding repair company.
To examine for dry rot, tap the siding with a rubber handle. There is a fungus that is responsible for dry rot and it grows underneath the surface of the siding and eats from the inside out. The problem with dry rot is that often you don’t notice signs of a problem until the siding is eaten away at, in which case, you might have to replace the siding all together. Not addressing dry rot only makes it worse and allows it to spread. That is why having a professional inspect it is so critical.
Rotted or Warped Siding
The best way to check for signs of warped or rotted siding is to poke at the layer beneath the siding to see if the layer below is affected. If you feel something soft or mushy, then you can safely assume that the underlayment is beginning to rot. If that is the case, that piece of the siding needs to be repaired and/or replaced.
Increased Energy Bills
Energy bills can fluctuate from one month to the next. If you notice, however, that your bills have gone up and stayed there, your siding might be to blame. Siding that doesn’t perform well will lead to increasing energy costs to heat and cool your home. It is best to have a professional siding company evaluate to see if your siding might be to blame.
Cracked or Loose Siding
Although one cracked board as an aftermath of a storm doesn’t necessarily mean that your entire siding needs to be redone, if you notice something loose or cracking, then you need to evaluate what is underneath. If you allow cracked siding to sit unaddressed, then it can lead to moisture and the need for more costly repairs down the road. It is never a good idea for a homeowner to ignore maintenance needs; they only get worse.
Mildew, Mold, or Fungus
If you notice any signs of growth on the exterior of your siding, it is a huge red flag, especially in the seams. If it appears to go farther than just the surface, it is cause for concern and a good reason to call for a vinyl siding repair appointment.
Bubbling of your siding is a surefire sign of moisture that is trapped underneath the exterior siding. Siding was created to keep moisture from the interior walls of your home. If it isn’t doing that, you are leaving your home vulnerable to all sorts of pricey damage if left untreated.
As we head into winter it is important to know that your vinyl siding is doing what it is supposed to do; keep water away from the interior of your house. If you notice signs of trouble, you should address them immediately before they become both troublesome and problematic. Contact the professionals of Powell Roofing to evaluate how well your siding is holding up before for the long winter ahead.