Your siding plays an essential role in protecting the interior of your home from various weather conditions, from temperature fluctuations to heavy rainfall. Any sort of damage to your siding can allow those elements into the interior of your home, where they can do a great deal of damage, which can be expensive and complicated to fix. Fortunately, there are a few signs of siding wear that you can watch out for to determine when you should consider replacing your home siding before such damage can occur.

Faded or Altered Color

One of the first signs of wear that your siding will exhibit, and also one of the easiest to notice, is any sort of fading or alteration in the coloring of the siding material itself. This is more than a superficial concern: color alterations occur because of extended weather exposure and age, and points to the structural degradation or weakening of the siding material itself. Faded siding is much more likely to experience physical damage and do a poor job at keeping the elements out of the interior of your home.

Cracking, Denting, and Damage

Another sign of age and wear on your siding is if you notice that there is a large amount of minor wear and damage to the siding boards themselves. This can take the form of denting, warping, cracking, or any other surface irregularity, which may allow for water and moisture to seep into your home.

Water Damage

In a similar train of thought to the above point, if you notice signs of water damage or moisture exposure within your home against exterior walls, your siding may be to blame - not your plumbing. Even small amounts of damage, separation, or wear to your siding can provide openings for moisture to seep in, and cause staining, discoloration, peeling wallpaper and paint, or mold growth within your home over a long enough period of time.

Increased Utility Bills

Finally, another minor yet important sign that your siding needs to be replaced is if you notice that your heating or cooling bills are increasing significantly, without a corresponding change in their settings. This can also come with reduced comfort levels within your home, like cold spots or drafts developing seemingly out of nowhere. This points to damage and age in your siding, reducing the material's insulative qualities and allowing heat exchange to occur between the outdoors and the interior of your home.