Home Living Siding

Is it Time to Replace Your Siding? What to Look For

Even high quality, professionally installed siding has a lifespan. Depending on the siding materials, your siding can last anywhere from 20 to 50 years if it is well maintained. However, if your siding is reaching the end of its lifespan or you notice any of the issues below, then it is time to call a siding replacement specialist.

Signs It's Time for New Siding

  • Discoloration on Finish -Discoloration and fading on vinyl siding can be a sign of excessive UV exposure. This exposure makes vinyl brittle with a high risk of cracking or breaking. While wood siding can be repainted or stained more easily, fading still shows the age of the siding.
  • Increased Energy Bills -If you have noticed that your energy bills are much higher than usual or you feel drafts or hot spots in your home, your siding may have lost its insulating qualities.
  • mold growthPlant, Moss, or Mold Growth -Mold and moss aren't just aesthetic problems. If you notice plant growth on your siding, then it is an indication that your siding is holding a lot of moisture.
  • Water Damage - If your siding has aged to the point that it is no longer a barrier to the outside elements, it could be allowing rainwater to seep into your home. This water damage weakens your home's structure and can damage drywall on the inside of your home.
  • Bubbling or Warping - Bubbling and extreme warping are signs that moisture has gotten trapped underneath the siding, or your vinyl siding has been exposed to extreme heat. Either way, it is no longer creating a sealed barrier and needs to be replaced.
  • Insect Damage - Wildlife damage from woodpeckers, squirrels, and insects breaks the barrier your siding creates. While all siding can fall victim to insects, wood siding is particularly vulnerable to termites.

Benefits of Siding Replacement

  • Improved Energy Efficiency - New siding can reduce energy costs and increase energy efficiency, especially if the old siding was cracked and letting the elements in. Plus, if you choose to install foam-backed siding, you will have even better insulation on your home.
  • Repair Structural Damage - Sometimes, homes sustain structural damage when the old siding allows rainwater or humidity past the barrier. A full-service remodeler will check for and repair any structural damage that has been hidden by your old siding.
  • decorative sidingLower Maintenance - Modern vinyl and fiber cement siding are easy to keep looking like new by simply washing with a soft bristle brush and mild soap. These siding materials never need to be repainted and are resistant to the elements and insects.
  • Increased Curb Appeal - With a range of colors and shapes in cutting edge vinyl and fiber cement siding, you can create modern or classic accents. Choose from unique designs like board and batten, or scallop shell detailing.
  • Increased Value - New vinyl siding can recoup up to 74.7% of the cost in home value, while fiber cement siding can recoup up to 77.6% according to Remodeling Magazine’s 2020 Cost vs. Value report

If you have noticed any of the signs that it's time to replace some or all of your siding, give Brothers Services a call. We will schedule a free consultation with one of our siding experts, who can provide guidance on the best solution for your home.


left right
Recent Articles
10 Creative Ideas to Repurpose Stones from Your Remodeling Project
If you’ve recently remodeled something around your home that involves brick or stone, you’ll likely have some leftover materials – either due to the...
DIY & Homeowner Tips
Read More
How to Avoid Expensive Problems with Your Home’s Foundation
When was the last time you looked closely at your home’s foundation? If you can’t remember, then it’s time to go outside and check it out. Foundation...
Read More
Don’t Let These 5 Remodeling Mistakes Hurt Your Home’s Value
When we undertake home improvement projects, the goal is usually to increase things like comfort, aesthetics, and home value. But even if you aren’t...
Read More
Warning Signs of Electrical Problems Every Homeowner Needs to Know
Electrical problems around your home are one of the scariest issues to deal with. We rely on electricity for most things in our lives, but of course,...
Read More
How to Create a More Environmentally Friendly Roof
When we think about eco-friendly roofing options, pictures of rooftop gardens and solar panels come to mind. But that’s not always feasible in...
Read More
Speak Like A Home Improvement Pro: Common Door Terminology
It’s true that picking out and installing a new front door is a less complex exterior home remodeling project. In fact, most front door installations...
Read More
Pros and Cons of Front Door Materials: Which is Right for Your Home?
When it’s time to install a new front door, you’ll have many choices to make such as the architectural style, the incorporation of glass panels, and...
Home Living
Read More
Screened-in Porch or 3-Season Room? Weighing the Pros and Cons
At first glance, a screened-in porch and 3-season room look similar, with a roof overhead and some sort of protection around the sides. Some...
Read More
Don’t Void Your Window Warranty: 6 Common Issues You Can Avoid
An excellent warranty can be a great selling point when you’re choosing new replacement windows. And, of course, you want your investment in your...
Read More