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Siding: When to Repair vs. When to Replace

Your home's siding serves many different purposes, and just like many of your home's other fixtures and furnishings, can deteriorate over time. Spending summer after summer under sunlight, our Georgia homes are accustomed to bearing the heat, but after a while you may notice your siding has changed. Over time, damaged siding, whether beyond repair or not, can slowly cost you in your home's value and curb appeal.

There are many types of ways your siding can show damage or wear and tear, and identifying the different ways can help you, as a homeowner, to understand when to repair and when to replace your home's siding.

Signs to Repair

Whether your home's siding is made of wood, vinyl, or even stucco, it can show the effects of wear and tear differently, and not all types of damage should be treated the same way. Many of the issues which cause siding damage can stem directly from some type of water or moisture damage, and should not be taken lightly.

Fading or Cracking Boards

Some of the long-term effects of your siding weathering the Georgia heat can be found in boards warping, cracking, or even fading. Since this is typically found on a side of your home that might receive excess sunlight, it can be remedied with a repair, or even a fresh coat of paint on your house.

Trotter Roofing & Gutters is here to take care of any exterior painting needs you have. Contact us today to learn more.

Rotting Boards

If you have planks of your home's siding that are rotting away, the problem areas should be replaced very soon. In these instances, you may be able to see dampened areas that are soft to the touch, where you are able to press into a soft part of wood. If the affected area is small enough, a repair should suffice, but in scenarios where rotting boards are found around the entire surface, you may want to think about replacement.

Blisters & Other Water Damage

One of the most blatant signs of water-damaged siding can be visible bubbles and blisters showing on the exterior of your siding boards. This means that water is trapped inside of your siding, which is the exact opposite of what your siding should be doing: blocking out water and moisture.

Seeing these signs of trapped moisture on the exterior can oftentimes point to fungus, mold, or mildew that is being trapped inside your home's siding. This is usually cause for some sort of repairs at minimum. Its always important to take extra caution when approaching a mold-related issue in your home, contact Trotter Roofing & Gutters today to learn more about how we can help repair or replace your home's siding. 

When to Replace 

If you notice you're having to continuously repair your existing siding, this will be one of the most obvious signs you should consider replacing. Siding maintenance will typically be needed about every 5-10 years, but if you're replacing boards more frequently, like every 1-3 years, then contact Trotter Roofing & Gutters to learn more about how we can help you get new siding on your home. 

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