Siding greatly contributes to your home’s curb appeal, energy efficiency and integrity. That’s why it’s important to keep it in good repair and looking it’s best while you’re making memories in it. But replacing your siding is a big financial investment. How do you know when it’s beyond repair?

LEI Home Enhancements of Cincinnati is your home improvement partner. We have put together a list of eight signs that may be telling you it is time for siding replacement.

Sign #1: It’s warped, rotting or cracked

Your siding can’t protect your home from the elements or keep you comfortable if it’s falling apart. You may be able to repair your siding if there is a small amount of damage, but if it spreads around the exterior, there may be cause for concern. Thoroughly inspect your siding — at least as much as you can see — to make sure you don’t have a significant problem.

Sign #2: You’re constantly in maintenance mode

If your siding is looking shabby and you’re power washing it, painting it or staining it often, it may be a sign that it’s weak and reaching the end of its lifespan.

Sign #3: Your energy costs are through the roof

Siding protects your home from the outdoor elements. If your siding is damaged, it could result in energy inefficiency, poor insulation and higher utility bills.

Sign #4: Damage from wildlife

If you notice holes in your siding from woodpeckers, rodents or burrowing insects, your siding is susceptible to water damage, if it hasn’t been damaged already.

Sign #5: The color is faded or outdated

Siding plays a huge role in your home’s aesthetics. Your home’s curb appeal will be adversely affected if your siding is faded or sporting an out of date color. If you’re planning to sell your home, your potential buyer’s first impression of your home may be a negative one.

Sign #6: Your paint is peeling — inside and out

Moisture issues present themselves in the form of bubbles, blisters or peeling paint. Check the condition of your paint on the siding, as well as your home’s interior walls. If the paint is fading, your siding may not be doing its job.

Sign #7: Your siding has mold, fungus or mildew

Whether on the siding itself or in the seams, the presence of mold, fungus or mildew can be a sign that water has penetrated your siding.

Sign #8: Hail damage

Gotta love the weather in the Midwest. Cincinnati, Dayton and Northern Kentucky are no strangers to hail in the spring, summer and even fall months. Hail can cause chips, dents and cracks in your siding. If you see damage on your siding, it may be time for a replacement.

LEI Home Enhancements of Cincinnati offers a wide variety of energy efficient, beautiful and durable siding for your home. If all signs point to replacement — or you just want our honest, professional, unbiased opinion — we can help. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation to determine the extent of your siding damage and if siding replacement is warranted. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram for our latest tips and updates!