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When to Replace Your Vinyl Siding

 

Vinyl siding is often lauded for its durability and, in truth, it does last a very long time. The cost of vinyl siding over the alternatives allows you to save money, but in time you will need to consider replacement. Your timetable will depend on the materials in question and your region.

Why Replace Your Vinyl Siding?
One of the most common problems with vinyl siding is its vulnerability to high winds. Unless you opt for seamless siding, the wind will sometimes work its way at the seams and eventually can pull panels away from the home. At best the vinyl is only bent, but even then it cannot be reformed and the panel must be replaced.

Other Reasons
Vinyl siding contracts and expands with changes in temperature and grows brittle over time. Eventually this can cause your siding to buckle and warp and you may wish to replace it. Vinyl siding can also be damaged by debris or flying objects–a small stone thrown up by a lawnmower, for example. Once damaged, the panels must be replaced. Another reason many homeowners opt to replace their vinyl siding is because of home remodels. If you plan to install French doors, add a sunroom, or replace your windows you might use that as an excellent opportunity to replace your vinyl siding.

A Replacement Timetable
You should inspect your vinyl siding annually for cracked seals or damaged panels, as moisture seeping under the siding can cause costly damage to your home. Vinyl siding does not last forever. Check with a couple siding companies to get their recommendations for replacing vinyl in your area, as replacement timetables will vary from region to region. A general recommendation would be to replace your vinyl siding every 10 to 15 years.