Repair or Replace: When to get new siding

As siding ages, it is prone to cracking, chipping, warping, damage from hail and other debris, rot, and fading or discoloration from the sun and weather. Especially for new Monticello, MN, homeowners, it can be confusing as to whether or not the entire house will need new siding installation or if the siding can simply be repaired. Typically, the extent of damage and type of siding material are good indicators of it whether or not it’s time to replace.

Rot is one of the issues you will deal with if you have wood siding. If the rotted area is small and contained, basic repair may suffice. But if it’s spreading and covering multiple areas, replacement siding installation may be necessary. There are wood siding products that are much more resistant to mold and rot than older varieties. Upgrading to a lower maintenance siding will save you hassles in the long run.

Cracks and holes are common to many types of siding. Changes in weather, damage from hail, debris and high winds can cause various types of siding to crack or chip over time. If left unattended, chips and cracks can allow weather to damage underlying layers of the house’s structure, not just the siding itself. Damage is best taken care of early to seal up the area. If the damage is extensive or is scattered throughout large areas, it may be easier to replace the siding with new installation than to try to repair.

Fading and discoloration can occur with any kind of siding over time. Wood and cement board siding can be repainted as fading occurs, but vinyl siding cannot. Vinyl will need to be replaced when faded. Although if the fading occurs in a small enough area, that space can be replaced if you have siding to match.

Warping and bowing may be an indication that there is moisture trapped behind the siding or that there is an issue with the underlying structure. To repair the problem, it may be necessary to remove the siding, check for issue with the structure and then install new, dry material.

The value of your home can often times increase with exterior remodeling. New siding installation can be a bonus for potential buyers looking for a home with no immediate repairs necessary. Repairing damage can give the buyer confidence that there are no major outstanding issues for them to deal with. Replacing the siding can also boost the resale value, not only giving the buyer assurance that there are no small needs and repairs, but also that they won’t have to worry about replacing the siding for years to come.

If you’re looking for siding installation services in the Monticello, MN, area, or if you need help determining whether or not it’s time to replace your siding, give us a call. We can help determine whether the situation is repairable or if it’s advisable to replace the siding and start fresh. Contact us today.

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