Replacing your home’s siding can be one of those things that somehow keeps getting pushed to the bottom of your to-do list. However, you shouldn’t wait too long, damaged siding can lead to numerous other problems with your home if it’s not replaced in a timely manner.
Here are a few red flags to look for that might indicate it’s time to replace your home’s siding:
Loose or Cracked Siding
If you just have one board with a small crack after a bad storm, this likely isn’t something to concern yourself with too much. However, if you have large portions of your siding cracked, loose or even falling off it’s time to replace your siding. If you don’t, you’re risking water seeping in behind any damaged pieces, which will cause even bigger problems down the road.
Rotting or Warped Siding
If it looks like your siding is bent or twisted, it’s likely starting to warp, which can often be early signs of rotting. An easy way to see if your home’s siding is beginning to rot is to take a screwdriver and gently press under the siding that appears to be damaged. If it’s spongey or soft, it’s likely beginning to rot.
Bubbling, Holes and Mold
If you see your siding start to bubble, it’s almost guaranteed there’s water beneath the siding. In addition, always be aware of holes. This may seem obvious but even the tiniest of holes in your siding are cause for concern and are often created by insects — yuck. Lastly, mold. Any sort of mold or fungus growth near your homes siding, especially near the seams, can be a red flag and should require further investigation.
If you notice severe fading in your home’s siding, this can be a sign that the waterproofing properties are no longer working.
Home Siding Trends
So, if you think it’s time to replace your home’s siding here are a couple siding trends to take into consideration for optimal curb appeal for your home:
Gray is the New Beige
You’ve probably noticed by now that tans, oaks and beiges are out and grays and whites are in when it comes to interior design. The same can be said for the exterior of your home. Many people opt for gray siding with a clean white trim or go for navy siding with gray trim.
If you’re unsure of which siding color to choose for your home, no need to worry. We have plenty of seasoned experts that can take your taste into consideration and present you with the best options to fit your style.
Colors that Compliment Your Roof
When it comes to picking siding that matches your roof, a good rule of thumb to go by is: Pick a warm color to match a warm-colored roof and a cool color to match a cool-colored roof. So, for example, if your roof has shingles with hints of orange or red, stick to light browns, creams or ivories for your siding colors. If you have a roof that’s dark gray or black stick with siding that’s a lighter shade of gray or perhaps navy.
High Quality, Low Maintenance Materials
Similar to the popularity of low maintenance decks, many are opting for siding that requires less work and is made of higher quality material to ensure it will last for years to come.
In the past, homeowners were often weary of choosing synthetic materials as opposed to the “real thing” for their home’s siding for fear of it looking cheap or more like plastic. Thanks to today’s technology we are able to offer siding that captures the deep, luxurious shadow lines of natural wood in a multitude of beautiful colors.
Don’t Be a Copycat, but Stick to the Color Palette
A final piece of advice when it comes to choosing your style of home siding: Don’t match your neighbors. You want your home to stand out and have significant curb appeal. If you just blend in with your neighbors, it often looks too cookie-cutter making your home look dull and bland.
On the flip side, if there’s a specific color palette your neighborhood seems to go with for siding, such as warm or cool colors, it’s best to stay within that palette. A navy house in the midst of homes with cream-colored siding can be equally as hard on the eyes.
I’m Ready to Replace my Home’s Siding
At Home Town Restyling, we offer a variety of siding options, all of which provide superior wind resistance protection. In fact, in independent tests, our maintenance free siding withstood wind equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane!
So, what are you waiting for? Give us a call or fill out our online contact form and we can get started on your FREE quote!