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Vinyl siding can serve your home well for decades, but eventually, you may need to replace it. The following can help you decide whether to repair or put on new siding.
1. Cracks & Holes
Although vinyl resists weathering damage well, a high-speed impact or impact with a heavy object can lead to cracks and holes. Loose siding is also prone to cracking, particularly during storms and windy weather. Patching vinyl doesn't typically deliver satisfying results, so replacement is usually recommended if you want to ensure your home looks good and is properly clad.
2. Surface Blistering
Blisters or bubbles on vinyl siding are most common on older siding since newer vinyl products have since been developed that are less prone to the problem. There are several possible causes of blistering. UV damage is common on old vinyl, but extreme heat or fire can cause blistering on vinyl of any age. You can simply replace just the damaged siding panels if there is only minor damage, or replace it all if the bubbling is affecting a high percentage of your siding.
3. Interior Mold
When your siding fails moisture will make its way underneath. This dampness eventually soaks into the interior walls of the home, so you can end up with mold, mildew, and blistering paint. You don't want to ignore this since moisture can cause major damage and mold can be a health risk. Replace the siding during the water damage cleanup if a mold or leak inspection finds that the siding is failing.
4. Color Fading
Modern advances in vinyl siding ensure it is designed to resist UV sun damage and color fading, but older siding products may not be as resilient. Older siding may also not be designed to take paint well, so trying to spruce up extreme fading can be a challenge. For those with faded or discolored old vinyl, it often makes more sense to upgrade to new siding.
5. Warping & Buckling
Vinyl is pretty durable, but it can eventually begin to warp and buckle as it reaches the end of its working life. Warping is a result of aging or exposure to high heat (such as from a grill). One or two warped siding boards aren't an issue as long as it's still possible to match the color and style with replacement strips. If there is excessive warping or if it no longer matches the siding for small repairs, then full replacement is best.
Contact a siding replacement service if it's time to replace your old vinyl with new siding. For more information, contact a company like Rapid Roofing & Restoration.