You might think that the siding of your home serves as one of the more decorative home improvements, but this is not true. The siding of your home serves to protect your home, its foundation, and everything inside of it. Neither snow, rain, sleet, or hail can damage your home with the right siding. The siding of your home will even keep the cold from getting inside. A damaged siding can undo all of these great features. Damaged siding can cost you time and money, so the sooner you know what to look for, the better.
1. Dry Rot
Dry rot is a type of wood decay that is caused by a particular fungus. This fungus enjoys eating the part of the wood that provides the wood with rigidness and strength. You will notice a siding with dry rot has begun to rot and crumble. If you are not able to detect dry rot in its earlier stages, you may be looking at using a general contractor to replace the entire siding. To identify dry rot, you will need to keep an eye out for a few details.
If your siding has red dust, mushroom-like growths, a grey-whitish, skin-like growth, or wool-like growths, it is suffering from dry rot. You can also tap your siding to see if it sounds hollow. If it does, you most likely are dealing with a siding with dry rot and should consider contacting a general contractor to gauge the situation.
2. Elevated Energy Bills
If your energy bills have suddenly skyrocketed with no visible cause, it may be time to check your siding. Along with old or weakened insulation, hidden holes or gaps in your siding can cause heightened energy bills. This is bound to cause homeowner stress, as nobody enjoys paying more than they’re used to each month. To solve this problem, you may have to have insulation and/or siding replacement. The best way to determine if you need these home improvements is to contact a general contractor.
3. Loose or Cracked Siding
Storms can wreak havoc on your home’s siding. After a storm, you may find that your siding is cracked or loose. Sometimes, this issue only affects a few pieces of siding. In this case, you may be able to conduct repairs on your own. However, if you see a large section of your siding that is cracked or loose, you will need the help of a professional. If you do not remove and replace cracked or loose siding, you will experience problems with water leaking behind the siding. This could cause damages that cost far more than it would to contact a general contractor about fixing your siding.
Expert Siding Replacement With Eakman Construction
Bad siding can lead to a variety of problems. If ignored, it can cost you a lot of money to repair. The sooner you notice an issue with your siding, the better for your wallet. If you are concerned about your siding, Eakman Construction offers years of construction wisdom. We are dedicated to our customers and work in the Seattle and Kirkland areas. To prove this, we work hard to provide you with an option that suits your situation the best. We are with you, step by step, through the process of helping you and your home. For more information, visit our website or call us at 206-972-2275.