How Damaged Siding Can Be Hazardous

Siding damage can look like various things, including cracked or warped pieces, peeling, chipping, or bubbling paint, and extreme fading. While this is a home maintenance task that many homeowners never want to face, if you notice the below occurrences, you should promptly contact the siding contractors at Glick’s Exteriors to prevent further damages. Here are some signs of damaged siding and how they can lead to expensive repairs.

Water Damage 

Once your siding is compromised, many things can make their way into your home. Water can make its way through cracked or missing panels and penetrate your house. Not only will this cause damage to other pieces of siding, but the interior of your home will also suffer. Water damage is a serious problem, and if not addressed immediately, it can impact the structural integrity of your home.  

Pest Infestation 

Holes or cracks in the siding near the roof welcome uninvited guests to make your house their new nesting spot. Avoid unwanted pest infestations from critters like mice, insects, and squirrels when you promptly fix cracked or broken siding.  

Peeling Paint or Wallpaper Indoors

If you spy peeling paint or loose wallpaper inside your home, you may have defective siding. Cracks or holes in your siding allow moisture in, causing damp conditions within your interior walls. Replacing the siding on your house can help alleviate these issues. 

Higher Energy Bills

Have you noticed a spike in your utility bill? If your HVAC costs have increased, it could be a sign of faulty siding. To check for damaged siding, walk around your home and do a visual inspection. Note where the siding meets the roof to detect any gaps or cracks.

Fungus, Mold, or Mildew Growth

If your home is protected by wood siding, keep an eye out for green or black mold. Wood is a porous material and an easy target for mold and mildew growth. While vinyl siding is a more durable material, it’s still susceptible to fungus and mildew. It’s crucial to remove all mold spots to discourage continued growth. Mold growth can also pose serious health hazards inside your home like wheezing, coughing, and allergic reactions. Regular power washing can prevent the buildup, but if you notice it spreading across your home, you should call in a professional to remove and replace the damaged panels.

Decreased Home Value and Curb Appeal

Your home’s siding is often the first thing people notice when viewing your home for the first time. If you’re trying to sell your house, siding damage can deter potential buyers from purchasing your home. Siding also acts as a protective barrier against the outdoor elements, and when it fails, your home’s appeal, value, and integrity decrease. 

Replacing the Siding on Your House With Glick’s Exteriors

To avoid the expensive damages these circumstances can create, you should regularly inspect your siding for signs of deterioration. If your home requires a siding replacement, know you can trust the siding specialists at Glick’s Exteriors! Whether it’s vinyl, stucco, fiber cement, metal cladding, or another material, the team at Glick’s Exteriors are experts at everything siding, including installation and replacement. Connect with our team today at 610-810-1290 to get a free estimate or schedule an exterior service.

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