There are two sides to your house siding. One faces the inside of your home, while the other takes on the outdoors. Together, both sides keep wall insulation and interior drywall from being exposed, but it’s the exterior siding that protects insulation and drywall from the elements. It’s not good if moisture gets through the siding, so it’s important to take care in maintaining the outside to preserve the inside.
Have you thought about investing in wholesale specialty lumber in Memphis, TN for your home siding? Keep an eye out for these six signs and more:
- Paint problems: On average, house paint can last 10 years, and high quality paint and siding up to 25, but it can begin to decline in as little as two to five years. A good coat of paint acts as a protective layer over the wood, blocking out damaging UV rays, rain and dirt. Regardless of the age of your paint, watch for the first signs of wood decay, especially on the hottest side of your house: peeling, cracking and chipping paint.
- Loose siding: Loose siding has its own set of signs which includes exposed nails, more than one cracked board and panels lifted away from the wall. Whether expansion and contraction is due to age, the weather or damage, when siding is loose, it means that abnormal movement is occurring.
- Wood rot: Once paint has chipped off, or if there are even chunks of wood detaching, it’s a free-for-all for moisture to creep in. Siding has already begun to rot when it’s soft to the touch or smells of rot and decay. Replace boards showing signs of wood rot as soon as possible.
- Mold or mildew growth: You may see mildew or mold making its way down siding, but the prime place for mold and mildew to hide is in between the seams where individual boards meet. If mold has gone deeper, you will likely find it on inside insulation.
- Pests have taken over: From insects to wild animals, pests can eat or dig their way in through siding and make themselves at home inside your walls. Termites may burrow in the spaces between boards, while birds or rats may decide to nest in your walls or attic. Keep critters from destroying your home—make sure your siding is secure and don’t wait too long to replace damaged boards.
- High energy bills: If your monthly heating or cooling bills seem higher than normal, start paying attention to the temperature in each room. Depending on the season, areas that are more hot or cold when compared the rest of the home may indicate problems with the insulation of exterior facing walls. Worn siding could be to blame, as moisture could have made its way behind panels to negatively affect the quality of insulation material.
The condition of house siding is an important factor in how comfortable and healthy your home and its occupants will be. If you are in need of replacement wood siding, contact the team at Bolen-Brunson-Bell Lumber Co. for the best quality wholesale specialty lumber in Memphis, TN.