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Does Your Home Need New Siding? What You Need To Know

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It's important that you maintain your home's siding to protect your home's structural integrity as well as its curb appeal. Unfortunately, even the best-maintained siding will need to be replaced eventually. If you're fairly new to the whole concept of siding replacement, there are some things that you should know to help simplify the process. Here's a look at some questions you should ask yourself to help you approach your siding replacement.

Does Your Siding Actually Need To Be Replaced?

The first step in the process is determining whether or not your home's siding actually needs to be replaced. If you're not confident in making that determination yourself, you can reach out to a siding replacement contractor to have it professionally inspected. However, there are some clear signs that you can recognize on your own.

Warped siding is a key indicator that you may need to replace your siding. This is especially true if the siding is warped in multiple areas on your home. Any cracking or similar damage also indicates that you should have your home's siding replaced.

Finally, if you push against the siding, there shouldn't be any spongy response in the structure behind it. If it feels like the wall behind it is soft or spongy, that's an indication that you've got water seeping behind the siding, which means you need to replace your siding.

What Color Should Your New Siding Be?

If you've determined that your home's siding does need to be replaced, the next decision you need to make is what color you want the new siding to be. You can replace the siding with the same color that you currently have, or you can completely change the look of your home.

Consider the prevailing color schemes in the neighborhood as well as the colors of your roof and trim. Your siding replacement contractor can even provide you with some recommendations for the right color scheme if you're unsure.

What Type Of Siding Should You Choose?

Finally, you need to consider the type of siding that you're going to have installed. Some people take a siding replacement project as an opportunity to improve on their home's structural integrity. For example, if you currently have wood siding on your home, you may decide that you'd rather invest in vinyl siding for your replacement because vinyl isn't vulnerable to pests nor does it require the same level of maintenance and upkeep. 

Talk with your siding replacement contractor about your goals so that you can choose the siding that's right for your needs.