Come storms, harsh weather, or years of use, even windows and siding that were well-built suffer from shortcomings. After working on hundreds of homes, we’ve compiled a list of key indicators your windows or siding may need replacement. Discover our top five tips for identifying damaged siding and windows below.
It may sound obvious, but the first way to examine your siding and windows for damage is looking for material breakage and large holes. Any siding that has clear punctures or has fallen off your house should be removed before reviewing your exterior for additional damage. This kind of damage is particularly common after a storm.
If window glass has shattered, be sure to clear the area surrounding it by a radius of at least 10 to 12 feet. Glass is notorious for breaking into dozens of small pieces and easily becomes a safety hazard if not thoroughly gathered and disposed of.
If your home hasn’t recently weathered a storm or other natural accident, your windows and siding may still be structurally compromised. During clear weather, observe your siding and windows for cracks and chips that may normally go unnoticed. Materials such as wood and aluminum are more susceptible to wearing down quicker over time, as they are vulnerable to temperature fluctuations and moisture. Significant or rapid changes in temperature or weather can damage these materials, and if the damage isn’t addressed right away, this leads to further risk.
As you discover cracks and chips in your windows or siding, make a note of where and how you found them. Also, be sure to review your gutters and roof lining, as these areas tend to be the most susceptible to storm-related or prolonged damage.
Another tip for identifying damaged siding and windows is looking for material discoloration and peeling. If you live in an area where sun exposure is significant, you may see that originally white materials have become a cream or tan color. Paint or finish peeling is also common in particularly hot or dry climates, which may be worsened if the base material is old.
Windows, in particular, are prone to getting clouded after many years of use or after a spill or storm. If your windows’ weatherstripping wasn’t sufficient, or an unexpected storm occurred, your windows may look like they have fog trapped inside them. This is a difficult problem and almost always requires window replacement. Wood-framed windows are also susceptible to rotting over time, from exposure to excess moisture, or if they haven’t received regular maintenance.
If your home seems to have an unusually high number of moisture-related issues, such as persistent humidity, mold, or excessive heat, this could be from damaged windows or siding. Check your home’s windows for air gaps or other areas where moisture could be creeping in and observe your siding for the same.
Based on what you find throughout your own damage evaluation, we are happy to offer our expertise in home exterior repairs and installations. Fill out our design consultation, and we’ll be in touch soon!