Why You Should Consider Replacing Your Old Siding

Why you should consider replacing your old siding from Ridge Valley Exteriors. While your home’s siding is one of its most apparent aspects, it is also one that many homeowners overlook. Many of us assume everything is excellent if the siding isn’t falling off.

However, your siding may not be acceptable. Whenever you drive to your house, take a moment to look at the siding. Why? For your home’s health, its siding is vital. Assembled siding protects your property from the elements and vermin and works with your roof to protect it. Your siding and insulation quality determine your home’s curb appeal.

According to home experts, you should clean your siding once a year to remove dirt, grime, and mold. You should call a professional cleaner if you don’t have the equipment (or desire). Regularly having a professional evaluate your home’s siding and other outside components is a good idea.


How Do I Know When My Siding Needs Replacing?

A little TLC can extend the life of your home’s siding. Still, no siding is everlasting. The weather and time will eventually wear down your siding, impacting both its appearance and its functionality. Here are several signs it’s time to update your siding.

Warped or Rotted Siding

It’s time to replace decaying wood, composite, or fiber cement siding. Any noticeable warping in your siding indicates that the under layer has become damaged due to moisture ingress.


Bubbles under your siding usually indicate water trapped underneath.

Loose/Cracked Siding or Holes

Simple repairs and refastening may be required if any siding becomes loose due to a heavy storm. Replace any siding that is broken or has holes in it. Moisture and vermin can quickly enter cracks and crevices, causing significant damage if ignore.

Mildew, Fungus, or Mold

For example, if you reside in a humid section of the country, these compounds may appear on the shaded areas of your property. An annual siding washing might help keep these pests away. But if you see mildew, fungus, or mold growing in non-shaded places or becoming more persistent, call a pro.


Their performance limits the color retention of some siding materials. That faded siding may also be losing its protective properties.

Interior Signs to Look For

Weak places in the wallboard or drywall are commonly caused by moisture entering the siding.

Higher Heating and Cooling Bills

Factors outside the company’s control can drive up energy prices. Your roof and attic should be the first places you check. Check your siding and windows if they look ok. Low-grade wall insulation, coupled with inefficient windows and siding, can easily result in excessive climate-controlled air leakage, leading to exorbitant power expenses.

Advantages of Vinyl Siding

Some choose to replace their siding with wood, while others choose metal for its strength and durability. Both forms of siding have disadvantages, not the least of which is their increased cost. Vinyl siding is a cost-effective, low-maintenance, and beautiful solution.

Versatile in Design and Application

Vinyl siding is popular because it can imitate the look of wood without the trouble and for less money. Vinyl is available in various eyes and fashions, both horizontal and vertical.

All the Colors

Vinyl comes in almost every color you can imagine, and it lasts longer. The color won’t fade or dull like wood since it’s embedded in the substance, not merely painted on top.


Vinyl is more durable, prevents moisture damage, and won’t rot or corrode over time. Vinyl siding built properly can last decades.

Low Maintenance

Low-maintenance vinyl siding is one of the best siding alternatives. Vinyl is resistant to rot and termites. Also, unlike wood siding, vinyl never needs painting or staining. Unlike other siding materials, it is also reasonably easy to clean.

Less Mold and Mildew

You cannot install other materials as “breathable” as vinyl. Properly placed vinyl siding allows moisture to escape, preventing mold and mildew formation.

Helps Cut Down on Heating and Cooling

Warmth loss between studs in your exterior walls can be reduced by insulating vinyl siding. Insulated vinyl siding may also be eligible for specific energy tax breaks.

The Price Is Right

The most cost-effective option available is fewer upfront expenses (usually a fraction of wood siding) AND less ongoing maintenance costs with vinyl siding!

That Curb Appeal

The most cost-effective option available is fewer upfront expenses (usually a fraction of wood siding) AND less ongoing maintenance costs with vinyl siding!

For more information, call Ridge Valley Exteriors in Kennesaw, GA, Raleigh, NC, and Tampa, FL at 844-741-7663.