It is important to occasionally inspect your home’s siding for any signs of damage, especially after major storms. Addressing siding issues early can prevent more extensive repairs down the road. Some common indications that your siding may be damaged include:
One of the most obvious signs is cracks of any size on the siding panels. Small cracks can worsen over time with exposure to the elements, especially in Wisconsin. It’s best to seal these cracks as soon as they form to prevent moisture from getting underneath your siding and prevent additional cracking.
When siding panels become warped or buckled, this is a sign they have become detached from the house. The warped siding could allow water to seep underneath. If you notice warped siding, it’ll need to be either resecured or replaced to prevent leaks.
Any soft, spongy areas on wood siding can indicate shingle rot. Rotten wood that is not repaired will continue to deteriorate on your home. Carefully inspect wood siding for rooting wood and then have siding professionals install new wood siding in those areas.
If you notice any unusual discolored patches on your siding, this may be due to water damage or mold growth. A siding contractor can identify and fix the source of moisture right away.
In most cases, siding repairs are going to be more affordable than a full siding replacement. But the sooner you address the damaged siding, less likely the problem will spread and it may keep your siding repair costs down.