Few things are more important than protecting the house and its contents from weather damage. Given this, one of the ideal ways to make this happen is by installing superior-quality siding in your home. However, many people wait until it is too late to replace their old, worn-out siding, causing interior deterioration. With this in mind, here are some signs that it is time to install new siding on your exterior walls.

Bubbling and Blistering on the Sides 

Older homes often have vinyl siding that is bubbled or blistered. Moreover, old vinyl has a poor appearance, which puts some people when considering this material. That said, it's crucial to distinguish vintage vinyl from its contemporary equivalent. Note that the vinyl used today is more resilient to adverse weather conditions and temperature changes. Further, vinyl produced in the past few decades cannot resist scorching sun or below-freezing conditions. Fortunately, today's vinyl can still look brand-new after years of use, thanks to sophisticated manufacturing methods and materials. Hence, replace the old vinyl if you notice a lot of blistering and bubbling.

Widespread Warping, Rot, and Cracks

Cracks and other widespread weaknesses are the most visible indications that the siding is ruined beyond repairs. So, visually check your house by strolling around. Remember, even minor cracks could be a symptom of a more significant issue. So, check if the layer underneath feels solid to the touch or gives way. Ultimately, it is time to hire a contractor if there is more rot underneath the broken or warped sections of your siding.

Energy Costs are Rising

Your energy bills may spike above average for a variety of reasons. So, once you've ruled out leaks from the attic, drafty windows, and inadequate insulation, you should evaluate whether damaged siding could be to blame. Note that siding helps your home retain heat and cool air by protecting it from the elements all year round. That said, without this protection and proper insulation, your energy cost will be affected.

Fungi, Mildew, and Mold

Be cautious of any fungus, mold, or other growth that develops on your siding close to the seams. This is because these materials grow wherever there is moisture, and their appearance shows that water is infiltrating your siding. Not all fungal occurrences are alarming, but they are worth further assessment. More importantly, call a siding installation expert to see if your material is absorbing moisture and replace it to protect your home.

These are some easy tell-tale signs that your siding needs an immediate replacement. Contact a contractor to learn more about siding replacements.