What to know when replacing your siding 

In a state like Minnesota, the outside of your home takes the brunt of winter storms, hail damage, and heavy rain. When it comes to the upkeep of your house, siding replacement is one of the easiest ways to protect and preserve the integrity of your home. Here are five signs that it’s time to replace your siding. 

1. Cracked, rotted or warped panels 

Right off the bat, you’ll want to pay attention to the structural durability of your siding. If you notice panels are starting to crack or warp, you should get a siding replacement as soon as possible. Cracked panels can lead to wood rot underneath the siding. In a short amount of time, the board and batten can deteriorate and cost exponentially more to fix. 

2. Mold and mildew 

When siding is compromised, water from storms can seep underneath the siding and cause mold or mildew problems. Mold has the ability to show up in different colors, but typically the mold discoloration you’ll see on siding is gray, green, or slightly blue. When you see mold on your siding, it’s time to call Younger Exteriors immediately. Mold has the ability to grow quickly, and could easily become an infestation. 

3. High energy bills 

If you begin to notice your energy bills are high month after month, your siding could be at fault. Siding helps to maintain your home’s insulation from the heat and the cold. If your siding is old, poor quality, or damaged, you will likely be seeing an increase in your energy bill each month. 

4. Frequent exterior painting

Most exterior paints are designed to last an average of 9 to 10 years on a home before peeling or flaking up. However, faulty siding could cause your paint to show wear signs even earlier. If you are noticing paint peeling every 2 to 3 years, it could be a siding problem, not a paint problem. 

5. Faded panels

Though faded siding might only seem like a cosmetic issue, it points to a larger problem: the lack of weather proofing. Once your siding starts to fade, it is likely that the weather proofing material has worn off and is no longer protecting the underside of your home. 

If you notice that any one of the 5 issues mentioned above happen to your siding, give us a call! For professional construction services in and around Golden Valley, MN, call us at Younger Exteriors, Inc., at (612) 360-0320.