Your home’s siding is the first thing neighbors and passerby notice. Understandably, many homeowners think siding damage is easy to spot. Sometimes, however, hidden damage can be difficult to detect. As seasons change, deeply rooted problems can go undetected. To keep your household in tip-top shape, keep an eye out for these subtle signs of siding damage.
1. Sign One: Blisters and Bubbles
Paint bubbles and blisters are common, especially during the hot summer months. At times, though, bubbling paint can indicate hidden siding issues. If you spot bubbling or blisters beneath your siding, call a professional siding contractor. To identify this sign, you’ll need to take a much closer look at your home’s walls.
Bubbles and blisters indicate water damage, which likely means you’re facing a trapped moisture problem, too. Siding is supposed to prevent humidity buildup, but if it fails to, humidity can breed mold and mildew.
2. Sign Two: Mold
Speaking of mold and mildew, interior growths may be symptomatic of siding damage. Be wary of these growths, especially if they’re rooted beneath your siding—near the seams. Their presence may indicate moisture damage, which means a siding repair is in your home’s future. To investigate a potential siding issue, double check the above-mentioned seems—as well as connecting points—of connecting siding sections.
3. Sign Three: Critters
During the winter, your home’s warmth is a perfect nesting spot for mice, birds, and squirrels. During spring and summer, bugs might also place their roots in your home. Whether you’re seeing or hearing critters, it’s safe to assume your siding has weak points.
It can be difficult to identify siding damage due to critters, of course. Sometimes, the damage is even out of sight! In the event of a presumed infestation, it’s better to be safe rather than sorry. Give your siding contractor a call—as they’re well-equipped to get to the bottom of most infestations.
4. Sign Four: Increased Energy Costs
Because your siding is responsible for your home’s insulation, any damage might result in an HVAC system working overtime. If your siding fails to protect your home from energy shifts, you can expect higher energy bills due to your air conditioning system’s struggle against temperature fluctuations. Fortunately, an experienced siding provider can tell you whether your siding is causing the problem.
5. Sign Five: Discoloration
Siding streaks and discoloration is typically the result of water stains. Water stains result from leaky siding. If you’ve noticed your siding isn’t looking as pristine as it once was, consider it may have split, warped, or loose boards beneath.
Give Your Contractor a Call Today
Intelligent Design Corporation has helped homeowners detect hidden siding problems for many years. There’s a reason our Twin Cities and Minneapolis residents trust us: We’re good at our job, and we’re also good at rooting out tough-to-spot siding issues.
Give us a call at (763)-315-0745 to find the source of your home’s problem areas. Or, for a free estimate, fill out our online form. Whether you need disaster restoration, a little maintenance or an entire siding repair job, we’re here to help.