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7 Signs Your House Needs New Siding

"Siding protects your home from the elements, keeping your family comfortable and safe," explains Jim Eldredge, product manager at Sears Home Services. If your siding has begun to rot or crumble, then it cannot perform its vital role. In cases of circumscribed damage, you may be able to repair only the affected area. But if the rot has spread across the exterior, there's nothing to do but start over, this time with a rot-resistant material. Eldredge recommends Weatherbeater brand siding, because its vinyl composition means it does not naturally decay with prolonged exposure to exposure.

7 Signs Your House Needs New Siding

It's a cruel fact: Those factors that make home exterior siding so crucial are the same ones that undermine its performance over the long term. In other words, in defending your home against the hot sun, bitter cold, harsh wind, and precipitation, exterior siding eventually falls victim to the very threats it's meant to repel. Of course, many types of siding last for decades, especially when the siding has been properly maintained. But for even the best-maintained siding, there comes a time when repairing or repainting just won't cut it—a time when, for the continued protection of your home, you need to replace the siding altogether. Fortunately, there are many benefits to be gained from an upgrade. Thanks to advances in design and manufacturing, the latest siding products offer much more than weather protection. Eye-catching curb appeal, higher home resale value, improved energy efficiency, and dramatically lower maintenance requirements are only some of the reasons homeowners choose Weatherbeater, a vinyl siding option exclusive to Sears Home Services. When you're ready, Sears Home Services can guide you through the entire re-siding project, from selecting the new material all the way to installing it. But first things first: Before you leap into replacing your siding, you need to evaluate the condition of your current siding. Has it really reached the end of its useful lifespan? Click now to learn the telltale signs that suggest that your siding's days are numbered. | By Donna Boyle Schwartz, BobVila.com