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Siding provides flexibility and serves as the protective layer of your house. However, it takes beating from the blazing sun, cold, wind, and rain year in and out. Also, siding can be infested by termites or get rotten or damaged over time.
Modern HardiePlank® siding is designed to stand the test of time, but at some point, repairs and replacement are essential.
When the time arises for you to make a siding repair or replacement in Charlotte, NC, you must work with a professional siding contractor to know the installation cost and what to expect. Here’s what you should know about having to repair or replace siding.
When Should Your Siding be Repaired or Replaced?
Your siding will let you know when it’s getting to the end of its useful life in many ways. You can take a good look at your house both closely and from afar to check for signs of damaged siding. The signs to look out for that indicate your siding needs repair or replacement include:
- Chips, Cracks, or Dents: Chips, cracks, and dents lead to easily noticed issues. Affected areas let water get beneath your siding, which can eventually lead to significant damage and problems. Chips, cracks, and dents are mostly common with vinyl siding and more minor on HardiePlank® siding.
- Dry Rot in Wood Siding: Woods are generally prone to moisture damage resulting in dry rot. Dry rot occurs when water remains underneath the siding, leading to mold growth and siding rot from inside the wood.
- Bubbles or Blisters: Bubbles and blisters mainly occur during summer when trapped water under your siding evaporates. Whenever the bubbles burst, they cause significant damage to your siding.
Repair vs. Replacement
Sometimes you find yourself at crossroads about choosing between having your siding repaired or replaced. Depending on the siding damage, there are times when you’ll need to make more minor repairs or perform a total siding replacement. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Siding repairs are simply making small-scale replacements to the damaged section of siding instead of making a complete replacement.
- Take into consideration the scale of the damage. Extensively damaged siding calls for complete replacement. Be sure to consider the age of your current siding, the estimated time you intend to live there, the siding cost, and your budget.
- There are different types of siding, so the choice between repairs and replacement may depend on what type you have. Each type has a different lifespan mode of maintenance and is prone to different issues. For instance, HardiePlank® siding lasts longer than vinyl siding and is more resistant to moisture.
- Don’t perform siding removal or replacement yourself if you’re not experienced. Fiber cement siding is prone to breaking if not handled correctly. It’s best to allow a professional to handle the repairs or replacement.
- Get a professional siding contractor’s opinion if you’re unsure of repairing or replacing your siding. Have your siding inspected by an expert who can make good recommendations on what action to take.
Siding Replacement Timeline
If you’ve chosen to go ahead with having your siding replaced, it’s essential to understand what to expect regarding the timeline and how you can prepare your home. Request a complimentary HardiePlank® siding repair and replacement estimate and ensure you understand the cost and what the crew will be doing.
Prepare your home by clearing everything away from your home exterior, mowing your lawn, and trimming your hedges for easy accessibility. Protect your valuables by taking down pictures, artwork, and decorations hanging on the exterior walls. Also, move your car, children, and pets away from where the contractors will be working.
For more information about siding repair and replacement in Charlotte, NC, contact us at Bergen’s Contracting & Repair, Inc. We offer excellent craftsmanship of all HardiePlank® siding installation services.