5 Signs That It’s Time To Replace Your Siding

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How Do I Know When It’s Time To Replace My Siding?

To determine when it’s time to replace your siding, look for things like loose, cracked, or warped siding. If you also see sagging or any pest damage to your siding, it is time for a replacement. A local siding contractor, like Fabling Built, can assess your siding for you. 

Siding is your home’s primary line of defense against harsh weather and pests; it is like an exterior windbreaker enabling insulation to do its job cooling and heating the temperature and humidity inside.  And when it is falling apart, loose, cracked, warped, buckled, or sagging, it is an eye-soar and an invitation to nesting rodents and damaging insects. If you notice holes in siding or any unusual damage to your exterior, it’s time to contact a professional siding contractor to take a look at it for you.

Many of you have called us over the years and trusted Fabling Built with bring your home exterior back to life. As these calls have steadily increased over the past few months, we’re so happy to announce that we have created the Fabling Built Exteriors team, dedicated to help you with your roofing, exterior painting, siding repair and installation, windows, and exterior doors.  

What are the 5 signs that it’s time to repair or replace your siding?

We checked in with our friends at James Hardie and loved their blog, 7 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Siding. We pulled together five of those seven items and elaborated on them a little more. If you’d like to see all seven signs visit the James Hardie blog here.

With the exception of severe storm damage, most homeowners only need to replace siding once while owning their homes. It is a big task, so it is critical to hire a professional siding contractor to do it right the first time and to ensure any concerns are addressed immediately so not to lead to other expensive repairs later.  The five tell-tale signs of whether your siding can withstand another storm include: excessive maintenance and color fading; siding rot; damaged siding; loose or missing siding; and pests.

Excessive Maintenance or Color Fading Siding

Taking care of your siding will help preserve it, because exposing siding materials to harsh weather – baking sun, freezing temperatures, powerful winds, and raging rain, will wear it out. This includes annual and seasonal maintenance, making sure the paint and finish is intact, and it doesn’t have dirt, mildew, or algae growing on it. These attract moisture, which can jeopardize the integrity of the underlying wood infrastructure and shorten the maintenance cycle. Although faded siding does not mean you need to replace it, it may be an indication that it is time to repaint or reseal it. We can help you determine the condition of the siding, and what repairs are needed, or if you need to plan for siding replacement. 

Siding Rot

Your exterior trim and siding has a tough job to do, protect your home from Mother Nature. All day, every day, your siding is exposed to water, sun, and wind which takes a toll. In time this can lead to rot. Rot, soft or crumbling wood siding or trim around the windows and doors, is ugly, attracts pests, and can get worse quickly. As a siding contractor, we can help evaluate what is the cause, the extent of the damage, and options to repair or replace affected siding and trim boards. 

Damaged Siding

Cracked, warped, buckled, or sagging siding may be a sign it is no longer able to protect your home from the elements. It is not uncommon for wood, composite, or vinyl siding to show these signs of aging. But with regular maintenance, you can preserve the life of these materials. If damage is isolated, we most likely will be able to replace only those individual pieces. However, if it is extensive or will get worse, we can help to provide you an estimate to replace it in its entirety. The same is true for siding that is blistering or bubbling; either repair it before it spreads, or if it has been left unaddressed over time, you will want to consider replacing it with more durable materials, like HardiePlank. 

Loose or Missing Siding

During heavy wind storms, tornados, or hurricanes, your siding comes under attack. Sometimes it catches in the wind, blowing off. Siding that has fallen off or is hanging on loosely can not protect the underlying structure any longer and creates an environment for excessive moisture from precipitation, as well as a home for pests and insects. Both will eventually lead to a range of damaging issues and potentially even more costly repairs if ignored. 


If you regularly wake up to a familiar hammer-headed pest greedily boring into the side of your home, you may want to consider the reason they are drawn to your home. As we already explained, unprotected boards can start to rot, and the soft wood attracts bugs, which in turn brings the pesky woodpeckers. They can cause serious damage to your home in their pursuit of termites, carpenter ants, or other insects hidden within the siding or trim. If you have wood siding or wood trim, you will want to make sure you maintain your siding all-year long. If some damage has already occurred, we can help you replace it with materials that are lower maintenance, such as HardiePlank siding and PVC trim.

What are the different types of siding and their lifespans?

When it comes to choosing the right siding for your home, our team is happy to help! Here are some of the options that we often recommend: 

Hardie Plank Siding

Engineered for all climates and to withstand Mother Nature’s wrath, James Hardie® fiber cement/hardie board products combine beautiful design with high performance. Fiber cement siding is five times thicker than vinyl, allowing for deeper grooves and a more authentic wood-grain effect.  This is particularly appealing on historic homes.  In general, James Hardie® produces resist warping, sagging, and melting; although, they do require regular maintenance to remain pristine in appearance.     

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding has been around for more than 70 years, and is a tried and true standard for many homes. With greater durability, fewer maintenance needs than other siding materials, lower cost, easy installation and maintenance, and a variety of colors and styles make choosing vinyl siding an economical and easy decision. This is the easiest to maintain, but we still recommend scheduling a regular professional house wash to keep it looking sharp.

Wood or Cedar Siding

Many products are designed to look like wood because it is simply so beautiful, and has timeless appeal. However, wood siding requires the most maintenance because if it is neglected, it is most susceptible to rot, insects, and damage caused by the elements. We can help recommend some of the best sealers and finishes that we trust to protect your home and preserve its beauty.

Siding Contractors in Henrico, Virginia

The lifespan of your siding will depend on the type of material, the installation, Mother Nature’s wear and tear, and your dedication to maintenance. If it’s time to replace your siding, consider giving Fabling Built a call to discuss the various options that would work best with your home in the Richmond climate.  Send us an email at hello@fablingbuilt.com or call 804-822-2625.