When to Repair or Replace House Siding

Jan 20, 2022

Maintaining your home’s exterior is crucial for preserving its value and ensuring its longevity. One of the most important aspects of this upkeep is addressing issues with your house siding. Whether your home’s siding is made of wood, vinyl, fiber cement, or another material, wear and tear over time is inevitable. Cracks, warping, fading, and other damage not only affect your home’s appearance but can also lead to more serious structural problems if left unattended.

When siding issues appear, deciding whether to repair or replace your siding can be a challenging task, influenced by factors like the extent of the damage, the type of material, and your budget. Let’s take a look at some considerations to make when deciding whether to repair or replace your house siding.

Signs Your Siding Needs Attention

Letting damaged house siding go without attention for an extended time can create a series of unfortunate effects for your home. Depending on the nature of the damage and your area’s climate, you could have to deal with problems such as:

  • Decreased energy efficiency (so, increased heating and cooling bills)
  • Insect infestations
  • Water damage, rot, and mold growth

If you notice any of these problems in addition to visible damage (such as breaks and holes), you need a contractor’s help. The solution, however, isn’t always a full-on siding replacement. You can sometimes get the fix you need with a simpler siding repair. Of course, determining which house siding fix may be your home’s best option isn’t as simple as taking a quick glance at it.

Siding Repair vs. Replacement: Things to Consider

Knowing whether you need to repair or replace your siding is as easy as recognizing a few key pieces of information. Be sure to ask yourself the following questions:

How Long Has Your House Siding Been Damaged?

If your cladding was just affected by a storm that rolled through overnight, for example, the odds of you only needing a repair go way up. But if you’ve ignored your siding damage for too long, nuisances such as infestations or rot may have spread throughout your house siding—especially if it’s made of wood.

What’s the Scale of the Damage?

If a small area of your house siding was damaged in a storm, you can likely expect a repair to solve the problem. Likewise, widespread damage will have to be addressed with a replacement. But whether you’re confident you have the answer or are still unsure after taking a look, an expert contractor will be able to tell following an inspection.

Which Option is Best for Me?

Take your personal preferences, budget, and other unique factors into consideration. Are you prepared to undergo a major home improvement project, or would it be better to put it off for a year or two, if possible? Will a full siding replacement be affordable? Be sure to carefully consider these and any other relevant factors when deciding whether to repair or replace your siding.

No matter what you find when you examine your house siding, the best way to tell what kind of work you need is to call a reliable contractor. By doing so, you may be able to take a few variables into account and walk away with a pretty good idea of what you may need.

Where to Turn for a Siding Repair or Replacement

Homeowners in the greater Cleveland, TN, and Chattanooga, TN, areas can count on ALLTIMATE ROOFING for honest damage assessments, prompt service (including our 24/7 emergency storm damage repair service), and unmatched craftsmanship to restore their house siding to its former glory. We install high-quality vinyl siding and James Hardie fiber cement siding, so you can always expect to get industry-leading products for your home with us on your side. 

Are you ready to get started on a siding project at your home? If so, contact us today to learn more. An expert on our team will be happy to help determine whether a siding repair or replacement will be best for your home.