When Is It Time to Replace Your Home’s Siding?

Home siding is the exterior look of a home, and it adds both appeal and value to the property. But besides the obvious cosmetic appeal, the siding’s true purpose is to protect from the elements and defend the house from intrusion from insects, fungus, and other infestations seeking to enter the home.

While today’s materials are more durable and longer lasting than ever, there will still come a time when the siding will need to be replaced. Disregarding this can lead to negative results in the upkeep of the home, and in some cases, physical damage that will cost many tens of thousands of dollars to repair. But there is no hard and fast rule for knowing when to replace the siding — because there are a variety of materials that can be used for the siding. One must first delineate the type of siding that is used and then search out its particular characteristics in order to see if damage is occurring — or warning signs are in evident that indicate the siding is ripe for replacement.

Vinyl siding has seen much play due to its relatively low cost and wide assortment of choices in color and design. To the eye, the vinyl can appear to be another material altogether, like wood shingles, while not giving up on the ease of use in positioning the siding on the home. Additionally, vinyl siding is extremely low maintenance, as no painting is required. But vinyl is quite susceptible to changes in the weather; for example, extremely cold weather can cause the vinyl to crack if it is impacted by a heavy object. Also, this cracking can occur if the siding has not been properly installed, with the ends of the siding moving outward from its configured position. All of this can be compounded if the vinyl has been installed over an existing siding, such as wood siding. This is a commonplace use for vinyl siding, but it does increase the risk of an improper installation that can be impacted by the weather and result in the vinyl being damaged. Typically a damaged vinyl siding must be replaced — it cannot be repaired, as the cost of new vinyl siding is significantly less than that of repair work.

A more recent addition to installation siding on the home is that of cement fiber. It is able to duplicate the appearance of wood and installs in a similar manner. Additionally, it comes in a variety of patterns and styles. Similar to vinyl in the low maintenance it requires, cement fiber is made from recycled materials and shows a regard for the planet. As a 50-year warranty is common practice with cement fiber siding, the fact that it will endure over a long time seems obvious. Still, it can be damaged by extreme weather conditions. A close inspection of cement fiber siding should thus be performed on a regular basis even though it will prove futile in most cases, especially when compared to the other siding materials.

Wood clapboard is one of the earliest materials used in siding and is often found in old homes. While the beauty of the wood is undeniable, it is also extremely susceptible to weather conditions. This can result in chipping, warping, and cracking of the wood, a few sure signs that replacement is needed. One shouldn’t expect massive damage to stand out either; searching close-up will show minute cracks and other types of damage that are not easily seen.  Insect infestation is also an indication that replacement is needed, as is discoloration of the paint that is covering the wood.

Aluminum siding has the distinct advantage of being less susceptible to changes in the weather than wood, but it too will need replacement at some point in the life of the home. Telltale signs of damage are dents in the aluminum siding — a negative characteristic of the material — that have occurred from being impacted by objects (be that hail or a wayward baseball, or any number of other possibilities). The finish that is painted onto the aluminum siding, while giving it an esthetically improved look, is no more invulnerable to fading from sun exposure than any other finish on siding material. The aluminum siding can also experience runoff, which can only be seen from close inspection and the joints where one meets the other can have separated outward.

The type of siding that is covering the house is as much a statement about the lifestyle of the person inhabiting it as it is a protective shell. Regular maintenance of the home will keep the need to replace the siding to a minimum, as well as ensuring that other problems that the house might develop are caught early on before they can even become a damaging factor.

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Signs that your windows need to be replaced, Part 3

Welcome to Part 3 on our series on “Signs that your windows need to be replaced”

Your house may not be able to talk to you, but nevertheless, it gives you signs when something’s not right. A home’s windows are particularly communicative. Although they don’t last forever, high-quality, well-maintained windows could last for 20 years or more, but there are many factors at play. (Windows in a coastal city like Charleston, SC, might age faster than they would in Los Angeles, CA, for example.) If your windows are more than a few decades old, listen carefully to what they’re telling you, so you’ll know when they need to be replaced.

Your home needs a makeover

Windows are one of the most prominent features of a home, and if they look worn, your house will too. Look to see whether the color is fading or the window material is warping, or whether old screens or storm windows detract from the curb appeal of your home. “Architects and builders know that good design is critical for the longevity of a structure. Design considerations are a close second to quality when selecting new windows, and the overall vision or design theme of a home or space should be a driving force in the window selection process,” he adds.

While you’re upgrading your home’s appearance, you might also wish to change the type of window from a fixed sash to a window that opens. This way, “you can create a more comfortable interior and improve airflow through your home. Another option? Install larger windows to increase a room’s natural light, which has aesthetic and health benefits: According to the Lighting Research Center, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort, plus help regulate your circadian rhythms for better general wellness.

Signs that your windows need to be replaced, Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 on our series on “Signs that your windows need to be replaced”

Your house may not be able to talk to you, but nevertheless, it gives you signs when something’s not right. A home’s windows are particularly communicative. Although they don’t last forever, high-quality, well-maintained windows could last for 20 years or more, but there are many factors at play. (Windows in a coastal city like Charleston, SC, might age faster than they would in Los Angeles, CA, for example.) If your windows are more than a few decades old, listen carefully to what they’re telling you, so you’ll know when they need to be replaced.

You want to reduce your energy bill

Windows provide some heat in the winter by letting in sunlight. But drafty windows can cause your energy bills to be about 10% to 25% higher, according to Energy.gov. Replacing your windows with energy-efficient ones can reduce your heating and cooling bills. Bonus: If you’re considering listing your home for sale, those new windows — and the resulting energy cost savings — can be a big selling point.

But don’t assume all windows are the same; it’s important to consider your specific needs. One factor? Your location. Deluxe offers a wide range of energy-efficient options and can tailor your windows to best suit your climate,  Insulating glass is standard in all Deluxe windows, along with thousands of options that meet the Energy Star Most Efficient designation, the highest standard for efficiency for the program.”

Signs that your windows need to be replaced, Part 1

Your house may not be able to talk to you, but nevertheless, it gives you signs when something’s not right. A home’s windows are particularly communicative. Although they don’t last forever, high-quality, well-maintained windows could last for 20 years or more, but there are many factors at play. (Windows in a coastal city like Charleston, SC, might age faster than they would in Los Angeles, CA, for example.) If your windows are more than a few decades old, listen carefully to what they’re telling you, so you’ll know when they need to be replaced.

Here’s what to be on the lookout for.

1. They’re damaged, warped, or broken

It’s sometimes possible to repair a window instead of replacing it. If your window’s problem is minor, such as needing new weatherstripping or hardware, a repair might be the best option. But replacing a damaged, warped, or broken window sash or frame is almost always preferred to attempting a repair. “Even if the windows are still operable, they can develop problems,” says Viny Guida, Senior  Manager  at Deluxe Windows. Do your windows fog up? Are they drafty? Do they stick when you try to open or close them? Do they refuse to stay open? If your windows are communicating in those ways, they’re telling you to replace them.

How To Know if Your Roof Shingles Need Replacing

if you experience a leak in your roof that trickles into your attic and ceiling, you probably need new shingles. You may need a unnamednew roof. The average asphalt shingle roof last from 20 to 25 years. Shingles that curl up along the edge, buckle, or appear to be detached from the roof should be replaced immediately. Look at the slope of the roof from a distance. Try to spot missing shingles, especially in the valley area of the roof where water runs off into rain gutters.

Homeowners are never encouraged to climb onto their roof. This is dangerous work for anyone who does not have the proper safety equipment.

Storm Damage to Roof Shingles

You may have granules from the roofing material falling into your rain gutters after a heavy storm. This is an indication that your roof shingles should be inspected by professional roofing technicians. You may need several shingles in one area replaced while the rest of the roof is in good condition.

Branches from trees that land on your roof can also damage shingles. This may be a small job in an isolated area of the roof, but it should also be repaired immediately. It is a far more serious problem when a tree or several branches fall on the roof. Don’t try to remove branches or debris from the roof yourself. This is a job for professionals.

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