Although replacing the siding of your home may not be something you regularly panic about, it should be of concern if it falls into certain categories. Since all issues with your siding may not be visible from a simple glance, it's important to inspect your siding for any of the following issues to see if it requires a replacement.

We’ve compiled a list of the most common signs your siding needs to be replaced. Such indicators are:

Rotten or Warped Siding

Take a screwdriver and try to poke around under the siding. If the siding feels soft, or you see that the siding has started to rot, it's time to replace your siding.

Dry Rot and the Tap Test

Curious as to how much damage rot has wrought? If you tap on your siding with the rubber handle of a tool, you'll be able to discover dry rot on your siding by hearing and feeling how much of the siding body is intact.

If the siding feels or sounds hollow, it's likely that fungi has rotted your siding below the surface. Dry rot can leave your siding with only its top layer, which can leave you in a situation where you're left replacing your siding entirely.

What About Vinyl Siding?

Certain types of siding installations will never have to deal with rot; vinyl siding is one notable example. While this means great things for its durability, it also means that you’ll need to become wise to the signs that it’s physically breaking down, as they may not be as obvious as rot.

Your siding should sit relatively parallel to the ground and should maintain that consistently. Generally, vinyl siding will warp out of shape if it has been damaged, which can lead to cracks and internal water damage. Inspectapedia, a public resource for contractors and inspectors, has a few lovely photos of what warped vinyl siding looks like.

Keep in mind, though, that the vinyl siding of the sixties that was known for such transgressions has come a long way. Today, warping is only seen in poorly maintained, downright ancient, or improperly installed siding.

If everything gets done correctly and in a timely fashion, vinyl siding can last multiple decades—and it’s tough to boot. For instance, Alside’s Charter Oak line can “withstand Category 5 hurricane-force winds,” per the product’s official website, all thanks to a double-thick nail hem.

Increases in Energy Bills

There are plenty of reasons for an increase in utility bills, but increases to heating and cooling bills could be due to flawed siding. If flawed siding is paired with poor insulation, you'll have quite an energy crisis on your hands.

For more on insulation as it pertains to siding and the rest of your home, check out our roofing contractor blog on the topic.

You Regularly Repaint Your Home

If you find yourself repainting your home every few years, it's a strong indication that your siding is flawed. Great siding can maintain color and shape for eight to ten years at least. If your paint is chipping or peeling before then, it's likely your siding needs to be replaced.

It’s important to note that vinyl siding should never need painting. While you can paint it, according to The Spruce, the color is mixed into the cladding itself so that, more or less, it tends to stick around. You may also void your warranty should you opt to paint your home for the sake of a color change.

Fading can happen, especially if your home is unevenly exposed to sunlight, but at that point your siding is likely to be so old that it has gone through its useful years anyway—vinyl is that colorfast!

You Have Moisture Issues Inside the Home

Water damage and high interior humidity levels can have many causes, from improper roofing ventilation to the day-to-day vapor created by hot water usage. But if your siding isn't functioning as the watertight barrier to the weather as it should, you're bound to experience moisture in places it shouldn't be. And what follows is far less pretty—not that moisture damage is pretty in the first place, of course.

Mold loves dark, damp, undisturbed places to grow, and damaged siding can easily give it the opportunity it needs to enter your home. It doesn't need much time to set up shop, either; FEMA states, "Mold growths, or colonies, can start to grow on a damp surface within 24 to 48 hours." This is, of course, when conditions are ideal—but it's still all the reason you need to get your siding repair or replacement done quickly if you notice it needs it.

Midwest Exteriors MN: Your Preferred Lake Elmo Siding Company

Considering the information above, there are plenty of reasons why one should replace old siding. Thankfully, Midwest Exteriors MN is here to help you correct or replace your siding issues. Contact our Lake Elmo office today at 651-346-9477 for further information on what we can do for your home.