Next to your roof, your windows and siding are the features of your home that most protect you from the elements, regulate your home’s temperature, and provide valuable aesthetic appeal to your property. They also tend to be areas of more significant investment, so keeping them in good repair as long as possible is a priority for most homeowners.
Professional roofing and siding companies, like JL Roofing and Siding, work with homeowners all the time to ensure their siding and windows are well maintained, which can include cleaning, inspection, repair, or replacement when needed. Here are the top three questions homeowners ask about their windows and siding, answered by professionals:
What siding material is best for my home?
There are many different types of materials that can be used for siding, and which one is best for you depends on a number of factors including your budget, the climate where you live, and your home’s architectural style. Vinyl is arguably the most popular choice because it is very economical and low maintenance. However, homeowners can also choose from different types of metal, wood, fiber cement, and other options.
Your siding professional will be able to walk you through your options and help you determine which will best fit your budget, our style, and your needs.
What’s the best way to maintain my siding?
Again, this answer will vary depending on the type of siding you have. When it comes to vinyl, one of the most common siding materials you’ll see on southeastern Pennsylvania homes, the maintenance is relatively simple. You should inspect it regularly for cracks or areas where it has become loosened or damaged, as this can be an entry point for moisture. You should also clean it once a year, which can be as simple as washing it down with a hose.
Other types of siding require different maintenance measures—for example, wood siding needs to be repainted, re-stained, or resealed regularly. In a future article, we’ll go into detail about the maintenance needed for different types of siding, but as always, be sure to consult with your siding professional on the best way to care for your home’s exterior.
How will I know when it’s time to replace my windows?
There are some telltale signs that are a definite clue it’s time to replace your windows. Look out for:
- Drafts or hot spots: You’ll know your windows are no longer doing their job when they lose their ability to act as a barrier to the outside temperature and a regulator of the temperature inside the home.
- “Sticking”: When you start having trouble opening or properly closing windows, it’s a sign the wear and tear they’ve experienced over the years has taken its toll, and they need to be replaced.
- Condensation: Have you ever seen condensation build up between panes of glass? This means the window’s sealing has been compromised and it’s time to consider replacement.
Do you have more questions about your siding or windows? Contact JL Roofing and Siding today!