Have you checked on the condition of your siding lately? If not, read on for some tips on how to conduct an inspection and what to look for.

Why Should You Inspect Your Siding?

Your siding is responsible for the overall look, energy-efficiency, and the integrity of your home. Performing regular inspections on your home is essential so you can catch any potential problems before they worsen, causing structural damage and racking up costly repairs.

The state and quality of your home’s siding not only affects the curb appeal, but also it’s property value. In addition to that, it protects your home from the elements of Mother Nature – insulating it against extreme cold and heat, debris, and even invasive pests.

Let’s take a look at how to conduct inspections for different types of materials.

Wood Siding

Wood siding that is coated in either paint or stain should be inspected for any cracked, peeling, or bubbling paint.

If parts of the siding feel soft and spongy to the touch, it’s more than likely rotten within and should be replaced. If the rot has already set in, there will be pieces of cracked and crumbling wood falling out. If this is the case, contact your siding contractor immediately to replace it.

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding tends to be water-resistant, so it protects the material underneath from moisture. However, water-resistant doesn’t mean waterproof. Homes with this kind of siding still experience water leaks, but they might not be easily visible. Check for loose, bent, cracked, or broken pieces, as well as any damage around the window and door trim.

The good news is that vinyl is easier to pull apart and put back together compared to other types of material. You don’t necessarily need any tools to check for damage.

Stucco Siding

Stucco siding can be a bit trickier than other siding materials. Water damage, as well as staining, can be a lot worse with stucco siding. Check for cracks, crumbling sections, and water damage or infiltration.

If you have stucco siding and you want to do whatever you can to avoid heavy repair bills, consider exterior probe testing. This can help prevent further issues from arising in the future.

Stone Siding

Stone siding can have similar problems to that of stucco. Water damage can wreak havoc, so proper seams around windows and doors are vital.

Check for any evidence of water damage like moisture in the walls. Check inside the surface of walls for any signs of mold or discoloration.

When in Doubt, Call a Professional

These tips can help you conduct an initial inspection, but it’s always a good idea to enlist your home repair contractor for a full inspection to assess any potential damage. Get in touch with Priority Restoration Inc. today for a free estimate.