The Halloween snows that blew through Minnesota may have some homeowners concerned about the exteriors of their homes, particularly their siding. Weather can be hard on houses here in the upper Midwest, and your home’s first line of defense is the materials that you have on the outside of your home, with siding being one of the most important.
When you find that you need to replace your siding nothing will protect your home from the weather, add to the curb appeal, and give you pride in the appearance of your home as James Hardie fiber cement siding.
James Hardie fiber cement siding is not only beautiful but also durable, and it is the choice of homeowners across the country when it comes to replacing their old siding. It not only improves the look of the home but also adds value.
So, how do you know you need to replace your siding?
Sign #1: Rotting or Crumbling Siding: Your siding will not be able to protect your home from the elements if it is crumbling, rotting, or blistering. If this type of damage is widespread, a simple repair job just will not cut it; replacing the siding is what’s needed.
Sign #2: Loosened or Cracked Siding: If you find that 1 or 2 boards may have been loosened or cracked during one of our notorious Minnesota storms, a simple repair job just may be the answer. But if large sections of your siding have been loosened or cracked, or if you notice that there is damage underneath the siding, you will want to call in the siding experts and get a quote for having that damaged siding replaced.
Sign #3: A Noticeable Rise in Your Energy Cost: If you’ve seen that your energy costs have steadily risen over the past months, it is a good indication that your home’s insulation is not doing what it was meant to do, and it may be that the problem lies with your outside walls. It just may be time for you to get new insulation and siding. Both can be done in one project.
Sign #4: Mildew, Mold, and Fungus: Have you found these growths near or at the areas of the seams of your siding? You may have an issue with water seeping into the siding and emerging inside the wall where it will be released slowing, which allows mildew, mold, or fungus to grow. On the outside of your siding it may just be unattractive, but underneath the siding damage is being done to your home’s structure.
Let us at Window Outfitters help you decide if your old siding needs replacing with new James Hardie replacement siding – call today for a free estimate. We are a siding installation contractor for the Minnesota area and can help you choose the best siding for your home.