Nov 24, 2020

6 Signs Your Wood Siding Needs Replacement

While wood siding has benefits, such as low thermal conductivity, it needs frequent upkeep to maintain its appearances and protective properties.  However, it’s only a matter of time before wood siding breaks down due to its natural qualities.  If you’re trying to understand if a wood siding replacement is necessary, we’re here to offer a few telltale signs that it’s time to reach out to a reputable contractor for a complimentary estimate.

1. Dry Rot And Siding

Dry rot is a type of wood decay that happens when fungi attack the components of wood that provide stability and firmness.  This type of fungus is prevalent on damp wood.  Wood siding that is placed too close to the ground is particularly vulnerable because it can wick moisture from the soil. Frustratingly enough, the early stages of dry rot can be tricky to identify because its appearance can manifest itself in numerous ways.  However, one common tip-off that dry rot is compromising the integrity of your home’s wood siding is that it has changed in appearance to an off-white or gray hue.

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2. Warped Material Can Signal You Should Replace Your Siding

If areas of your wood house siding are warped and no longer laying level, it can be indicative of moisture getting into the wall system behind it.  Determining the origin of this issue should be left to a trusted siding professional that can pinpoint the problem and suggest a permanent fix.

3. Skyrocketing Energy Costs

While there can be numerous reasons your energy costs are climbing; your siding can be the culprit if a reliable professional verifies your attic insulation and home ventilation systems are at appropriate levels.  Builder grade wall insulation in tandem with worn out old wood siding can create a significant strain on your home’s HVAC system, causing your heating and cooling costs to escalate.

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4. Wood Siding With Peeling Or Flaking Paint

As your wood siding advances in age, Mother Nature will take over and cause the paint on the siding to peel, and chip off.  If you’re finding yourself in a situation where your home’s siding needs painting every few years, it may be wise to consider a long-term, maintenance free option, such as steel or LP® SmartSide®.


5. It’s Time To Replace Your Siding If You Notice Pests And Bugs

Termites, carpenter ants, powder post beetles, carpenter bees, and woodpeckers can all wreak havoc on your home’s siding.  Whether it’s tapping holes into your siding or feeding on the starches of the wood, these pests can spell real trouble.  Left unaddressed, it’s only a matter of time before full replacement is needed because the siding is beyond repair.

6. Old Wood Siding May Be The Culprit For Interior Wall Damage

If the paint or wallpaper within your home is peeling in numerous areas, your siding may be to blame.  That’s because shoddy siding allows moisture to permeate inward, causing damage to the inside of your home.

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Siding Replacement Reviews:

"On time and excellent service.  Definitely a thumb's up for Lindus."

Steve M.
Roberts, WI
September 1, 2022

I was extremely pleased with the quality of work done by Lindus. They installed six large picture windows, replaced all my old siding with new LP® Smartside®, replaced the soffit and fascia, and installed their LeafGuard® Gutters. I highly recommend checking them out.  Their responsiveness, ability to make suggestions that met my needs, and professionalism were top notch. Pricewise, they were in the ballpark with competitors, maybe slightly more, but they're worth it." 

Ryan C.
Webster, WI
August 23, 2022

"Even with unexpected shipping delays with materials, Lindus Construction plowed through installing new windows, siding, gutters, soffits, facia AND fixed our patio covering as soon as possible, working outside in JANUARY during low, freezing temps. We had extreme drainage issues that they engineered to fix and they went the extra mile in so many ways. Professional, reliable and timely. They had the best variety of colors/materials over other companies we looked into. We're happy, glad we chose them, worth every penny."

Diana A.
New Richmond, WI
August 9, 2022

My wife and I concluded that we needed gutters, but our house is 40+ years old and it would be appropriate to replace our facia and soffits. Why not siding too? I contacted Lindus Construction and Matt came to our house and walked us through the process.  Thanks to the crews and we would recommend using Lindus Construction."

Stewart B.
Eagan, MN
July 12, 2022

"The guys did a great job."

Don K.
Savage, MN
May 5, 2022

"Highly recommend. Quality of work and installers was excellent. I am enjoying siding, windows, gutters and a front door. They will be my first call when I come up with another project."

Marlys R.
Newport, MN
May 4, 2022
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