How To Know When Your Home Needs New Siding

New siding is one of the most significant updates you can make to the exterior of your home. Siding protects the exterior walls from the outside elements, and heavily impacts the look and style of your home.

New siding is an investment. The up-front cost can be recovered in future savings on utility bills, as your home becomes more energy efficient. There are a wide variety of products on the market designed to look great, last longer, and provide added protection from the elements.

Here’s how to when you might need new siding.


Siding protects your home from the elements, keeping your family comfortable and safe. If rot has spread across the exterior of your home, then your siding loses the ability to protect you and your family from the outside elements. It may be time to update the exterior of your home with a material that won’t decay over time, with consistent exposure to rain or the sun. If your siding has begun to rot or crumble, then it cannot perform its vital role.

Hail Damage

If your siding has been chipped or dented by hail, it will lose its ability to do its job, and protect the exterior of your home. If your siding is no longer serving as the barrier it once was, it might be time for an update.

Cracks or Gaps

If there are imperfections on your siding that weren’t there when the material was installed, it might be time to consider updating your siding. These cracks or gaps aren’t just detracting from the visual appeal of your home. They admit moisture and bugs indoors – which can cause further damage. Cracks or Gaps are compromising its structural integrity. For one thing, gaps in exterior cladding admit moisture, the enemy of wood. Plus, wherever water gains entry to the home, so too can critters and insects. And while some pests are relatively benign, others are potentially devastating (for example, termites).

Continuous Maintenance

If you no longer have the time or energy to maintain your exterior siding, it’s only a matter of time before your shift in priorities takes a toll. Before that happens, consider upgrading to low-maintenance vinyl siding. Vinyl, unlike other common siding choices, doesn’t need to be refinished every few years. Plus, you can clean it with a hose.

Fade, Moisture, or Mold

The faded color of old siding can be a sign that it’s time to update the look and feel of your home. It can also be a sign that your siding is no longer working up to its original strength. Inside your home, wherever you discover the effects of moisture buildup—be it rot, mold, or mildew—quickly investigate the condition of the same area on the home exterior. You might need a new siding as soon as possible.

High Utility Bills

If your heat and air conditioning bills are on the pricey side, new siding and additional insulation can provide added protection from the elements. It will strengthen the barrier between indoor and outdoor air.

Art Smart Roofing and Exteriors

Make sure that your siding both looks great and is effectively protecting your home from the outdoor elements. If you have questions about the condition of your current siding, or you are looking for new siding installation, contact us today!