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Is Your Wood Siding Ready to Be Replaced?

Posted on January 23, 2020

Vinyl Siding Replacement Muscatine

If you purchase an older home, there's a chance that the siding that comes with it is natural wood. Natural wood siding has a classic look and feel that's hard to beat, but as time has gone on, it simply doesn't hold up as well as other types of siding, such as vinyl. In fact, you may find yourself wondering whether it's time to replace your wood siding altogether. Here are a few signs it may be time to replace your siding.

Your Siding Is Over 20 Years Old

No siding is built to last forever. Wood siding's lifespan is especially shortened due to exposure to the elements, especially water and pests. If your wood siding is over 20 years old, it's probably outlived its usefulness for your home and may be causing more harm than good. It's worth noting that good vinyl siding, on the other hand, can last as long as 50 years, so once replaced, you may not have to worry about it again for as long as you live in the house.

You're Doing Constant Maintenance

Wood siding often requires constant maintenance in order to stand up to the elements. Because it naturally absorbs water, it needs frequent stains and finishes in order to keep from warping or rotting. Long exposure to sunlight can cause paint to fade, necessitating the need to repaint. Keeping pests out can also be a hassle. If your siding is costing more money than its worth in repairs and maintenance, it's time to replace your siding.

Your Siding Is Rotting or Warping

Wood naturally soaks up water, which can be bad news when it comes to your siding. It can lead to leaks, rot, or warping that not only damages the siding but potentially endangers your walls and insulation. If your siding is rotting and warping, don't wait. It's time to replace it, especially with siding materials like vinyl that resist warping and rotting so as to more securely stand up to the elements. 

Interested in replacing your old wood siding and going for premium vinyl siding instead? Contact Mainstream Home Improvements today for more information or a free estimate.

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