19 Jan Replace or Repair
When to Repair, When to Replace
One of the most common quandaries for homeowners looking to improve the aesthetic and functionality of their home is whether their aging siding should be replaced or repaired. Since re-cladding a home with new siding is one of the more dramatic and costly overhauls a homeowner will undertake, it’s easy to understand the back-and-forth wavering (or outright procrastination) that often plays into making this decision. If you find yourself in that replace/repair position, though, you should know that excessive delay can be detrimental in ways that extend beyond your home’s exterior. That’s why we’ve come up with the following questions to help cut through the indecision.
Local vs. Systemic
Simply put, most situations of whether to replace or repair siding boil down to this: Are the defects local or systemic? Local defects are often accidental in nature. For example, the incorrect installation of a series of planks from the previous siding job may have compromised a particular area over time, or a tree branch felled by a recent storm may have caused damage on its way down. In situations like these, you can be sure that the defects are isolated and can be effectively taken care of with a few repairs.
Siding affected by rot is, unfortunately, rarely confined to a local area. It’s the most common problem in the northwest because of the soggy seasons. Rot has a tendency to spread fairly quickly and is difficult to notice in the early stages, which means that by the time it’s detected its likely already widespread and in an advanced stage.
Some homeowners attempt to save money by replacing only those areas where rot damage is immediately apparent. This is known as “patching,” and though it can be a quick way to improve a home’s appearance in a pinch, it doesn’t address the real problems widespread rot poses, like wasted energy, pest infestations, and the spread of mold to the inner layers of the home. Patching jobs usually lead to more patching jobs not far down the road, and though they’re less expensive than a full siding replacement, they aren’t exactly cheap.
Nipping Rot in the Bud
Homeowners who opt for siding rot repair soon after identifying a rot issue typically spend less money in the long run than those who delay the inevitable with temporary fixes. They also protect their home from being infiltrated by pests and mold, which can be difficult to treat.
Are you teetering between replacing and repairing your damaged siding, or do you have additional questions? A siding contractor from Straight Line Exteriors can help. We’ll identify any issues with your siding and give you the information you need to make the right choice for your home. We have over thirty years of combined experience improving homes in the Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA areas. Contact us today for a free estimate.