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We know as residents of the Flint Hills how beautiful it is - breathtaking sunsets, clean breezes, and fresh, green land. We know so many people who love to call it home! There are many benefits to living in this beautiful country. But one of the downsides is the extreme climate changes and severe weather that can impact the exteriors of our homes. 

While curb appeal may not be a priority on your list of home improvement projects, it is important to the integrity and energy-efficiency of your home, not to mention the overall aesthetics. The siding of your home protects your home from the extreme weather elements Kansas often experiences - bitter cold, heat, humidity, hail, rain, pests, and more. 

Not all siding damage can be seen on the exterior, so it is important to do a thorough review of your home to know when it’s time to replace it. Your siding may be in need of a little TLC if you experience one of the signs below on the exterior of your home.

1. Continued Home Maintenance

If you are needing to make small updates frequently to your siding, it may be time for you to replace it altogether. This includes frequent painting. If you are finding that your home needs a new coat of paint more often than 8-10 years, it may be time to invest in a new siding option.

In addition to painting, the fading of the color of your siding is to be expected, but severe fading may indicate that the protection and insulation of your current siding have significantly decreased, potentially allowing water and other elements in the interior of your siding. Unfortunately, if your siding has faded, it can make your home look older than it really is. If elements of your siding are loose or perhaps even missing, it may be time to do a complete overhaul.

2. Warped, Buckled, or Cracked Siding

The weather can have the biggest impact on your siding. Vinyl siding in particular expands and contracts from hot and cold weather. When it gets colder, this can warp the material and cause it to be uneven. And when the material contracts in the cold, the seal will no longer fit.

When the weather gets colder, cracking can also become a problem. In the winter months, it becomes stiff and brittle, and if it is impacted by anything, such as a storm, rock, or tree debris, it can become cracked. If the crack is small, it may not be noticeable and go unnoticed until it is far too late. If the crack is large, this can allow water to move more freely through the cracks and ultimately, the siding will need to be replaced.

If there is damage only to small areas of the siding, you may be able to just replace these pieces of siding. But overall, holes, cracks, warping, or buckling of your siding can compromise the home’s structural integrity. 

 3. Rotted Siding

The siding of your home is constantly exposed to water, sun, and wind, which in time can take its toll. Wood siding is more susceptible to rot when compared to other types of siding. If moisture gets behind the waterproof barrier, which often happens, your home can suffer water damage. This can cause the wood underneath to rot, mildew, mold, or be affected by leaks. If the wood siding is experiencing crumbling or looking soft, it should be addressed and evaluated by an exterior home expert. The rot of the siding can also lead to pests.

4. Pest Damage To Your Home

 Unprotected siding, missing siding, and exposure to water can all be an invitation for pests to be drawn to your home. This can lead to serious damage to your home, depending on the insect or critter that burrows beneath. 

5. Higher Home Energy Bills

If the insulation of your siding is no longer holding up, this can lead to heftier bills. Your home may be letting in more air, causing you to constantly run your AC or heater, depending on the time of year. The seal around your windows may expand as well, letting in more air, further causing your heating and cooling system to run in overdrive.

What To Expect For Your Siding

Different types of siding each have their own unique lifespan, depending on the material it was made out of, the climate, and the installer.

Seamless steel siding is extremely durable and is cut to length for your home, meaning there are fewer opportunities for insects to get in, for wind damage, and for water to seep in at joints. This is always our first recommendation when choosing a replacement option for your home.

Vinyl siding is a promising standard for many homes. It is at a lower price point with easy installation and maintenance. Although it has come a long way since the first development of vinyl siding was introduced, it is a less attractive option because of its decreased durability against heat, cold, and other inclement weather. 

Wood siding is simply beautiful, however, it can require the most maintenance because of its increased probability for rot, insect damage, and climate changes. 

When It’s Time to Replace Your Siding

It can be frustrating to know that your siding needs replaced, but the good news is if you invest in a high-quality siding option, you’ll likely not need to replace it for many years ahead. The siding of your home is often the very first eyesore when people come to visit. If it is cracked, falling apart, warping, or rotting, it’s worth your while to look at other options to improve the curb appeal of your home.

It’s a good practice to complete a simple inspection by walking around your home often to see if anything needs to be addressed with basic maintenance. If you notice any of the factors above and decide it’s time to replace your siding, we encourage you to reach out to the exterior remodeling experts at Midland Exteriors. We can provide you with a free estimate, and allow you to explore the different siding options for your home.