Regardless of the type of siding protecting your house, it will need regular maintenance and eventually need to be replaced. Breaking and cracking siding as it ages is a problem you will want to address before it affects other parts of your house. By frequently reviewing your home’s siding, you can get a better picture of the condition of your siding.

Dry Rot

Dry rot can be found when tapping on your siding with the rubber handle of a tool. The key is to detect such problems before they  are noticeable to the eye. The fungi that cause dry rot start below the siding’s surface, eventually eating away the body of your siding until only the top layer remains intact.

Warped or Rotted Siding

It helps to do regular visual inspections of all areas of your home’s siding. With a screwdriver, poke under the siding that looks warped to learn whether or not the under layer is still solid. If the under layer feels soft or it has started to rot, you have found a definite indicator that your siding should be replaced.

Loose or Cracked Siding

One or two loose or cracked boards after a storm are likely no cause to worry, you can replace those boards. If you choose to do so, it’s imperative to verify that no layers underneath are broken or cracked. Should larger sections show signs of being loose or cracking, however, there might be a more severe problem that would require the work of a professional contractor to replace your siding.

All siding must eventually be replaced, and most types are built to hold their color for only as long as their rating. Fading is a sign that the siding’s waterproofing has run its course.