Siding is one of the most important protections your home has. Is yours in good shape, and is it doing the job it was meant to do? Siding – no matter how high quality it is or what kind of material it is made of – occasionally will get damaged. Our weather here in the Twin Cities is notoriously hard on the exterior of homes, siding included.
If something happens to your siding, sometimes it is okay to have it repaired instead of completely replaced, but other times it might be wise to consider replacing all (or a section) of it for the sake of your home and the comfort of those inside.
Here are some instances when you should consider whether or not you should repair or replace.
Is a Match Available for Your Existing Siding?
This is probably the first thing you should find out. Depending on the age and type of your siding, you may not be able to find a good match so as to repair a section of it. If that’s the case, your only real option is to replace it.
We do have a suggestion, though, if only one section of your siding is affected: why not replace that section (instead of the siding on your entire house) with an accent, such as the same type of siding in a different style or color, or using our Versetta Stone® panelized product?
Damage from High Winds
Living in Minnesota means harsh winters and cold winds that whip through the area. We can also get heavy winds during the spring and fall rainstorms, and we’re no strangers to tornadoes and straight line winds. This also means that your siding needs to be able to stand up to wind. In case it doesn’t, then perhaps it is time to check out the damage that was done.
High winds can lift entire sections of siding away from a home, or you might get cracks or chips from debris being blown against it.
Replacement is recommended, unless the area is very limited. This is particularly true if you’ve got hail damage, but your homeowner’s insurance should cover that.
Warping of siding happens from time to time, especially for vinyl siding that’s not top quality. Sometimes the heat of the sun shining directly on one side of the house can cause warping. Or perhaps you’ve had your grill on the deck just a little close to the house, and the heat coming off the grill has warped a section. When this is the case, it is important that you check out the damage and then find out how much of the siding has been affected. Usually, it is not too much.
Repair is recommended.
Pests like rodents and insects can sometimes barricade themselves underneath the siding of a home. This is something that requires not only attention to the siding but also the area underneath You need to remove the pests first and then evaluate the damage that they have done. Bats and birds can also do the same type of damage as other pests. Damage underneath needs to be fixed first.
Repair is recommended, but replacement of the siding with something that is pest resistant – like James Hardie® fiber cement siding – is a better idea if your home is subject to recurring pest infestation.
You might get an announcement that there has been a recall of your siding product. This doesn’t happen often, but if it does, then you need to be aware. Check out the terms of the recall; they may offer a replacement, which we highly recommend. Siding isn’t recalled unless there is a major problem with the product.
Replacement is usually required, depending on the terms of the recall. But even if it’s not, we recommend it anyway.
If you’re ready to replace or repair the siding on your home, please contact us. We are more than happy to help you get the look and protection you need on your home. Give us a call today to find out how we can help with all of your siding needs. We are a licensed Minnesota home improvement contractor serving the Minneapolis metro area with exterior services, including siding installation and repair.