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Your home’s siding is among its greatest assets. It protects the interior from pests and water damage, keeps your energy bills low, and contributes to the value and curb appeal of your home. But if your siding is old and in disrepair, what does that mean for your home?
Our Siding Consultation Process
We don’t believe in high-pressure sales tactics to sell our products and services. We only recommend what you actually need. One of our skilled technicians evaluates your home to determine exactly what services your home’s siding needs.
The siding consultation process at Armadillo Roofing happens in three steps:
STEP ONE: Free Consultation
The first, most important step to figuring out exactly what siding repair services you need is talking with you.
We come to your house and discuss the concerns you have about your siding, including any leaks, holes, or cracks that you’ve noticed, how long they’ve been a problem, and whether you’ve had any other issues that could be connected.
During this free consultation, we gather as much information as we can about you, your needs, and your project budget. This helps us make the most complete, informed recommendation to you regarding your siding repair or replacement.
You won’t be charged for this consultation, and there’s never any pressure to buy.
STEP TWO: Exterior Analysis
Our technicians know what to look for when it comes to siding repair or replacement.
We walk all around your home’s exterior, getting up on a ladder if necessary, and check over your home’s siding.
We may poke and prod your siding; this is helpful in giving you the most thorough evaluation of the condition and problem areas of your siding.
Any areas of concern are noted for further discussion with you.
STEP THREE: Estimate
Once we’ve gotten all the information we need, we put together an estimate with recommendations on the types of products we feel are best to fit into your budget and your home’s design.
This estimate is designed to be as complete as possible so you can make the most informed decision regarding your home’s siding as possible.
We firmly stand by the quality of our products, the skill of our siding technicians, and our commitment to customer service, and we believe you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better value for the price than you’ll get with Armadillo Roofing!
When to Replace or Repair Your Siding
Signs that your siding needs to be replacedSiding can hide a lot of ills, especially if those problems are only under the surface. Bug infestation, water damage, and mold all can lurk beneath the siding panels, causing you and your family difficulties. Here are some things to look for in your siding to determine whether or not it’s time to replace:
Your siding may become the target of woodpeckers, squirrels, or insects, leading to more problems than you expected.
Wooden siding is especially susceptible to wildlife damage, but if your home’s siding has holes or cracks, animals can take that as an invitation to make themselves at home.
If you’ve noticed more frequent noises in certain areas of your home, or see animals living in your siding, it’s time to think about getting it replaced.
Extreme heat or moisture can cause siding – especially wooden siding – to bubble or blister. This is the sign of an issue with your siding, either the product itself or the installation.
If you see blistering or bubbling on your siding, it’s time to contact a siding contractor for an evaluation of the damage. And don’t just replace the siding without addressing the underlying problem; if it caused problems one time and wasn’t remedied, it will cause problems again.
Cracked siding can occur for a number of reasons, including damage from the weather, extreme sun exposure, faulty materials, or just the age of your siding.
But cracked siding also leads to increased chances that your siding’s underlayment may take on moisture, which can cause mold and damage to widespread sections of the underlayment as well as the interior of your home.
If you have a couple cracked panels, you may only need to replace them without a full-scale siding change. But if your home has widespread cracked panels, or the damage to the underlayment is severe, you may be looking at a full replacement.
If your home has wooden siding, it can become the target of dry rot. This fungus is fueled by moisture and weakens the structure of your siding.
Some signs of dry rot include:
- An earthy, soil-like or mushroom-like odor
- Patches of rust-colored “dust” around your home
- Damaged timber
- Visible fungal growth on your siding
Besides just looking awful, dry rot can decrease your siding’s ability to properly protect your home from the elements, leading to increased energy bills and damage inside your home.
When you have wooden siding, there’s always a certain amount of upkeep that must be done. Staining or painting your siding is one of these tasks.
If you’re tired of the cost and hassle of painting or staining your siding, even once every decade, it may be time to look at a solution that doesn’t require this amount of upkeep.
Weather can be unpredictable, sometimes bringing high winds and hail. Both of these conditions can cause significant damage to your home’s siding, making it less effective at protecting your home.
Chipping, denting, cracking, and missing siding panels all are signs that your home has been subject to wind or hail damage.
Just because you can’t see the damage also doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Hail can penetrate the underlayment on your siding, ruining its use as a barrier against water and other external elements. If you have had high winds or hail recently, it’s a good idea to get your home evaluated for damage and possible siding replacement.
If you’ve noticed your energy bills creeping upward, either slowly over time or suddenly, it could mean you’ve got siding that’s no longer doing one of its major intended jobs.
New, more energy-efficient siding can give your home an extra layer of protection against the elements, keeping the temperate air indoors where you want it and decreasing your energy bills.
The paint and wallpaper on your interior walls is meant to last. But when you see peeling, especially of relatively new finishes, it can be a sign of moisture or heat damage.
Sometimes, this damage is the result of poor insulation from bad siding, which lets heat and moisture creep into the walls of your home.
Your home’s siding panels can become loose due to wind damage, poor installation, or even your home settling.
However, loose siding panels cannot properly protect your home and must be replaced.
In many cases only a small section becomes loose at a time. However, in severe cases there may be a need to replace the siding all around the home.
Over time, your siding’s color will fade a bit, especially areas that are in direct sunlight.
However, if there’s a big difference in color in areas of your home, this can be a sign that the siding on the faded sections of your home is weaker and not up to the job of protecting your home.
If you’re facing a situation where you’ve got faded siding, color matching can be challenging.
In these cases, it’s often better to just replace your siding entirely than to attempt to color-match and have an uneven look.
Adding onto your home is great for your home’s value and the ability of your family to live comfortably.
However, if you’ve added a new section to your home, you’ve likely got a problem matching the siding color and type with the rest of your home.
Mismatched siding can lead to uneven heating and cooling, as well as a negative overall impression of your home. Replacing the siding so everything matches is the best course of action to preserve your home’s curb appeal and keep its value high.
Beauty may not be everything, but when your home sticks out like a sore thumb because of its outdated siding color, it can cause a negative impact on your home’s value and the impression people have of it.
And, if your home’s siding has a color that hasn’t been popular in a few presidential administrations, it’s likely that it’s coming to the end of its lifespan, anyway.
Signs that your siding needs to be repaired
Keeping it in top condition is important to making sure your home is as air-tight as possible, making indoor conditions comfortable for you and your family.
Damage, improper care, and even defective products can create the need to repair parts of your home’s siding to maintain energy-efficiency, protect from water damage, and keep pests outdoors.
Here are some of the conditions that could require you to repair your home’s siding:
Depending on the type of siding your home has, bubbling can signal either a minor issue or a major one.
If you have wooden siding, bubbling and peeling paint is an indicator of moisture problems and possibly rotting.
Bubbling vinyl siding may mean that individual panels were nailed down too tightly, so there isn’t enough give for the material to expand and contract with weather conditions.
Vinyl siding that has begun to buckle doesn’t necessarily mean a full-scale replacement.
If you enjoy grilling in the summer and keep your grill too close to the side of your house, you can see buckling siding in the areas that have been warped by the heat.
Your siding may also be water damaged, and if you see gray, white, or black spots on your siding it may be damaged and need repair before the damage spreads.
Poor installation, such as panels being nailed down too tightly, can lead to buckling as your siding expands and contracts as the weather changes.
Like buckling, warping doesn’t always spell complete doom for your siding.
If you notice that sections of your home’s siding are warped, it could be the result of materials defects, too much heat, and exposure to extreme temperatures. You can repair warped siding by replacing the warped sections, keeping the rest of your siding in good condition.
If you’ve ever noticed a discolored pattern on the siding – especially siding on the shady side of your home – you likely found moldy siding.
For the most part, a good cleaning can temporarily take care of your mold problems. However, if your siding has become moisture damaged or the mold has spread beyond the exterior surface, you may require the repair of a portion of your home’s siding.
Discolored siding can be unsightly, especially if the discoloration is widespread.
Water damage, exposure to a heat source, and mold or mildew also can lead to discolored siding.
In some cases, a thorough cleaning can take care of the discoloration. However, in the case that the vinyl has lost its color, you may need to replace any faded panels, or paint them.
Sometimes, the siding on the side of your house that’s exposed to the most daily sunlight can become bleached.
Faded siding isn’t just an eyesore, it also is a hazard because faded siding is less structurally sound than non-faded siding.
If your siding is noticeably faded, you likely will need to replace the bleached panels with new ones, keeping your siding strong.
Like warping, shrinking happens when your siding isn’t given enough flexibility to properly expand and contract as the weather changes.
Replacing the panels that have the shrinking issues is essential to stopping the shrinking, as is ensuring that the new panels are properly installed.
If you have metal siding that hasn’t been galvanized or properly painted, exposure to prolonged moisture can cause rusting.
Rusted siding can invite further damage and can compromise the structural integrity of your siding, so any rusted panels must be repaired or replaced quickly. Further rusting must also be prevented with proper galvanizing or painting.
When water gets behind your exterior siding, you may find leaks inside your home. These leaks can lead to mold and mildew, further water damage, and expensive repairs.
If you find leaks inside your home and can trace them to your siding, repair the affected area as quickly as possible to prevent further damage.
Types of Siding We Work With and Repair
At Armadillo Roofing, we carry only the best siding brands available on the market, such as James Hardie. We believe that high-quality products paired with experienced, careful installation create siding solutions that last, protecting your home for years to come.
Choose from any of a variety of types and brands of siding for your home’s siding replacement, including:
Aluminum is great if you live somewhere with lots of moisture, as you’re less likely to see moisture damage.
Aluminum siding comes in various thicknesses. It comes in a variety of styles and colors, or it can be painted to suit your needs.
However, aluminum often dents much more easily. Small areas of damage, such as holes or cracks, to your aluminum siding can be repaired by cutting out the affected area and installing a patch. For larger sections you can replace individual aluminum siding panels much like replacing vinyl siding panels.
Brick is among the most attractive and abundant siding options on the market.
It’s also highly sustainable and can withstand a lot of harsh weather, but sometimes the mortar between individual bricks can become damaged and will need repair.
It is among the least versatile of all siding options. Bricks don’t really come in a lot of colors or styles. Choosing brick gets you a low-maintenance, environmentally friendly home exterior.
Brick siding is water and fire resistant, making it an attractive choice for many homeowners. It can also be easily repaired by removing damaged bricks and replace them with new bricks.
Cedar siding is a type of wooden siding made from cedar trees. It comes in a variety of profiles and styles, and can be stained or painted to create whatever look you want.
Cedar has remained popular because it withstands the elements, especially moisture and hail, better than other types of wooden siding.
If you have small issues with your cedar siding, such as minor holes or cracks, repairs are quick and easy. Just fill in the impacted area with a little wood putty, sand it down, and your siding is as good as new.
For more serious damage, such as rotting, insect damage, or water damage, pulling off the affected panels and replacing them with new ones is key.
Stucco is made from cement, sand, lime, and water and is applied in three coats over a lath base. It is fire-resistant and provides excellent insulation.
Because of its labor-intensive installation, stucco siding can be more expensive than other siding options. Stucco siding is one of the most hardy types of siding, and it doesn’t often need repairs.
If you have damaged stucco siding, however, they can be patched with the same materials that make up the stucco siding. For large holes that need repairing, it’s best to leave the job to a mason or contractor experienced in repairing stucco siding.
Vinyl siding is one of the most popular and easiest sidings to maintain on the market.
Vinyl siding is very easy to maintain, occasionally needing some cleaning, and can last between 20 and 40 years under good conditions.
One major downside to vinyl siding is that it’s not as environmentally friendly or sustainable as other siding options. Repairing vinyl can be easy and inexpensive because individual panels are easy to remove and replace.
Wooden siding is one of the most versatile types of siding, and has been in use for centuries.
This type of siding comes in multiple styles, including shingles, clapboards, drop siding, vertical boards, and sheet siding to meet your design needs.
Wooden siding is sustainable and environmentally friendly, but certain species of wood are more susceptible to water damage, rot, or bug infestation than others. Small areas of damage can be repaired with some wood putty and a little sanding. Larger areas that are damaged need to be replaced to prevent the damage from spreading.
Siding Repair Cost
The cost to repair your home’s siding depends on a variety of factors, including:
- The type of siding your home has
- How extensive the damage to your siding
- The brand of siding that needs repair
- What and how much siding and other materials are needed
- Whether your underlayment is in good condition
- Whether there are any other underlying issues or other damage that needs repairing
- The cost of labor and materials
Your individual price will depend greatly on your situation, but our skilled contractors can give you an idea of how much you can expect to pay at your consultation.
Siding Replacement Cost
The cost of replacing your siding depends greatly on a variety of factors, including:
- The type of siding you choose
- The brand of siding you choose
- How much siding you need
- Whether your underlayment is
- in good condition or needs replacing
- Whether there are any other underlying issues that contributed to the need to replace your siding that need remedied
- The cost of labor and materials
An experienced siding professional can give you a better idea of what to expect when it comes to replacing your home’s siding.
Siding Cost Per Square Foot
The total cost of your siding is dependent on the type, brand, and even color of siding you choose.
Some types of siding, such as vinyl, will be less expensive overall than others, such as stucco, but there’s a wide range of prices in each category.
How Much Siding to Buy
Calculating how much siding your home needs requires more than just knowing how big your home is. There’s trim, soffit and fascia, and a variety of other factors that play into the total square footage of siding your home needs.
To begin understanding the amount of siding you need, follow these directions:
- Measure the height of your house from the top of the foundation to the eaves. Then measure around the perimeter of your house. Multiply the height by the perimeter to get the square footage.
- Measure the height and length of each gable. Multiply the height of each gable by the length, then multiply by .5 to get the gable square footage.
- Add the square footage from Step 1 to the gable square footage from Step 2 to get the total square footage of your home.
- Divide the total square footage by 100 to determine the number of squares of siding you need. A square is a 10’ x 10’ area of siding, equal to 100 square feet.
- The number of squares you calculate determines how much siding you’ll need to order.