Should You Replace Your Siding?

Should You Replace Your Siding?

The siding on your home plays a fundamental role in protecting it. From harsh weather to pests trying to get in your home, your siding sees a lot. On top of its protection duties, siding also helps to make your home’s exterior look great. When your siding becomes old or worn down, it not only works poorly, but it can look bad, too.

Here’s what you need to know about replacing your siding.

The Pros of Replacing Your Home’s Siding

Some of the benefits of installing new siding include:

  •     Enhances the exterior look of your home. Replacing your siding can help to give your home a much-needed pick-me-up. Your house’s exterior is the first impression people have of your home, so you want it to look great. Your new siding can come in a variety of forms and colors, so you can enhance the outside of your home as you please.
  •     Protects against harsh weather and pests. Virginians know everything there is to know about harsh weather, which is why you always want to be prepared. Replacing your siding can help to protect your home against severe weather like snow and rain, and it also keeps out unwanted pests. 
  •     Provides energy efficiency. Old siding that’s warped or cracked can allow drafts into your home, making your air conditioning or heating system work much harder to keep your home at the desired temperature. New siding can help to seal any unwanted cracks that let in drafts, ultimately helping keep your home at a comfortable temperature no matter the weather outside. 
  •     Keeps your home structurally sound. Worn down, old siding can let in moisture, debris, and other outside contaminants that can cause the wood and structure of your home to rot, break, or become brittle. Replacing your siding can help prevent wood and structural replacement in the future and keep your home structurally sound.

Cons of Not Replacing Your Siding

Some of the cons of waiting to replace your home’s siding include:

  •     More maintenance. While siding is made to last for a while, sometimes when you buy a home, the siding has already been there for years. Because of this, avoiding replacing your siding can result in more upkeep and more money spent trying to maintain the old siding you already have.
  •     Siding rot. Siding rot can occur after a lot of exposure to the sun and harsh weather throughout the different seasons. Moisture can seep into the siding, causing it to warp and rot. If your siding is rotting, it can attract pests — which brings another issue you will need to deal with. 
  •     Poor appearance. Old, rotting siding doesn’t necessarily look the best either. If you’re looking for an easy way to update your home, updating your siding is a great option. The longer you let your home’s old, warped siding stay, the less attractive your home’s exterior may look.

Here at Tri County Windows & Siding, we have been serving Northern Virginia with high-quality home improvement services for decades. To learn more about our siding services or how we may be able to help you and your home, contact us!

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