Siding acts as the first line of defense against the elements. Since it’s continuously exposed to the damaging effects of Mother Nature, it’s bound to suffer damage at some point and require repair or replacement. Generally, if your siding develops small holes, dents, or other minor damage, it can be repaired. If the damage is substantial or your siding is old and worn-out, it may require a full replacement.
When To Repair Siding
Today, manufacturers offer a wide range of wood fillers, epoxies, and putties you can use to patch small holes and reinforce soft spots in your siding. These quick fixes can make the repaired area just as strong as the original material.
You can also replace a single damaged panel, board, or shingle without too much work. However, you can only opt for this kind of repair if only a tiny section of your siding is damaged. A professional siding contractor should conduct a detailed inspection of your siding to determine if there is any hidden damage which could cause severe structural damage to your home.
For example, if your siding is buckling, splitting, delaminating, or warping in large areas, it can allow rainwater and moisture to seam underneath and cause enormous rot and interior damage.
When To Replace Siding
The appearance of your siding directly impacts the look and value of your home. Typically, the decision to replace your entire siding rather than repair it will be determined by the extent of damage and the age of your siding. More severe threats such as rot and mold infestation usually mean you need to replace all your siding. Additionally, if your siding looks worn and is nearing the end of its lifespan, it’s best to replace it instead of repairing it. This also provides an opportunity to reinsulate your home and improve energy efficiency.
The Bottom Line
It’s always a big decision to invest in new siding, but with proper planning, it’s a pretty exciting prospect. New siding will give your home a brand-new look, uplift its appearance, and enhance energy efficiency. However, your siding can only provide these benefits if it’s installed correctly. Your best bet is to work with an experienced local contractor you can trust. At Red Diamond, we provide quality siding installation, repair, and replacement in the Denver and Fort Collins area. Contact us today to schedule a free inspection!