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Why is Quality Siding Important?

When you think about protecting your home, you likely imagine a sturdy roof, double-pane windows, and solid-core doors. But don’t forget about another significant component: siding. Why is quality siding important? For starters, it protects your home’s exterior – and by extension, the interior. Keep reading to learn why you need good quality siding, ways in which bad siding can damage your home, and indicators that your siding needs to be replaced.

The Need for Quality Siding

Security from Mother Nature’s harsh elements is a significant concern for homeowners. One way to protect your home is to ensure you have quality siding. Siding safeguards the exterior from rain, snow, and wind, which in turn keeps the interior dry. Wrapping your home in quality siding will help keep nature’s wetness outside where it belongs.

Siding also defends your home against pests. Good siding provides a protective barrier that keeps insects and burrowing critters at bay.

Another reason for quality siding is that you want your home to look good year-round, right? And you want to be proud of where you live. When choosing siding, select a color, style, and design that fits your home and personal taste. The way your home looks on the outside says a lot about the people inside, so be sure to make the impression you want.

Siding Gone Bad

When siding is either low quality or worn and damaged beyond its ability to provide adequate protection, it can cause a host of unfavorable issues for homeowners.

Siding that becomes cracked or warped can create entrance points for elements and pests. If water seeps in through cracks and gaps, the build-up of moisture leads to mold and mildew growth that can affect the indoor air quality and respiratory health of you and your family. In addition, water damage can slowly cause deterioration on every level, including that of your home’s foundation.

Deficient siding also creates passages through which pests can invade. Whether that’s insects or critters, pests can be difficult to locate and remove. If you notice imperfections in your home’s siding, it’s important to contact your trusted home exteriors contractor right away for an inspection and repair.

Siding Signs to Watch For

So, how do you know if your quality siding is failing to protect your home as it should? You might notice a few things, such as:

  • Fading. Siding fades by design. Once the protective ability of your home’s siding wears out, the color begins to dull.
  • Warping or rotting. If your wood siding is warped, check for mold or rot by poking under the warped section.
  • Mold and mildew. Damp environments yield the presence of the dreaded mold and mildew. If you notice either or both, it’s an indication of moisture and can lead to extensive damage and expensive repairs.
  • Peeling paint. Moisture seeping in through bad siding can cause paint on the interior walls to peel.
  • Bubbles. When moisture becomes trapped under the siding’s surface, it tends to create a bubble effect.

Additionally, if your siding looks shabby and needs to be painted every few years, this can also be a sign that something is amiss. Quality siding with durable paint should hold its color for about 10 years, whereas vinyl and aluminum siding should maintain its appealing look for 20 years or more.

Count on Our Home Exteriors Expertise

As a homeowner, you want to do everything you can to protect your investment. The home exteriors experts at Armor Construction know the ins and outs of keeping your home safe inside and out. We know why quality siding is important and want to make sure you’ve got the protection you need.

Contact us with your questions or to schedule a free inspection.