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Wood rot on siding that needs a siding replacement.

If moisture penetrates your siding, wood rot results. If left unaddressed, moisture infiltration issues only multiply, leaving you with bigger problems that take more time and money to resolve. Wouldn’t it be nice to avoid major home siding repairs by taking care of things when the problem is small? You can! If you know the signs that your siding has wood rot, you will catch the issue early, saving you hassles and cash! 

So, does it make sense to keep an eye out for water infiltration problems on your exterior? You bet! Here’s how: 

7 Signs Your Siding Has Wood Rot

1. Warping

When your wood siding becomes warped, it’s a clear sign that water is penetrating and leaking into the wall behind it. Contact a reputable siding contractor who can inspect the situation, determine the cause of the problem, and implement a solid solution. 

2. Pests invade your home

If termites or other unwanted “guests” have found their way into your home through your wood siding, you may have wood rot. If wood rot goes unnoticed, it makes your home vulnerable to pest infestation. Why? Because the moisture has opened the door to what termites, carpenter ants, and other insects desire: food and shelter. Contact an exterminator and a siding expert to resolve the problems

3. Paint starts peeling

Wood siding requires regular upkeep to keep moisture intrusion at bay and maintain its ability to safeguard your home from the elements. If you don’t repaint your wood siding every 6-8 years, chances are that your paint will begin to peel, making way for moisture to infiltrate your siding, and making everything under it vulnerable. If left unaddressed, rot develops, and your home’s protective layer becomes increasingly more compromised. 

4. The color of your siding changes 

When fungi attack damp, exposed wood, dry rot results. Wood siding that is installed near the ground is especially prone because it wicks water from the soil. When dry rot invades your home’s protective layer, your exterior becomes vulnerable to even more damage. You’ll notice an off-white or gray hue to your siding, and that’s a big clue that it is rotting. 

5. Wood becomes soft and spongy

If you think your siding has suffered wood rot, press on it gently. If it feels soft, you probably have wood rot. If you press on it with a screwdriver and it stays intact, you probably don’t have wood rot. 

6. Your siding gets brittle

If your wood siding starts disintegrating by becoming brittle, you probably have wood rot. 

7. Utility bills increase

Wood rot isn’t the only culprit when it comes to skyrocketing energy costs. But if you or a professional has ruled out other causes, like aging windows, then it’s smart to have your siding inspected for problems. Keep in mind that the earlier you detect an issue, the faster it gets fixed, and the smaller the issue is—saving you on repair bills! 

What to Do (and Not Do) About Wood Rot

What not to do

You may be an avid and capable DIY homeowner, but if you suspect your siding has been invaded by moisture and you now have wood rot, is it wise to fix it on your own? No, because if the repair is not done properly, you could cause damage to your existing siding around the rotten boards. This will only increase your repair costs and prolong resolving the problem.

What to do

Take time to vet a reputable siding contractor by doing online research, asking friends, family, and neighbors for recommendations, and checking with the Better Business Bureau for a trustworthy company to contact for an estimate. 

You Can Enjoy a Long-Term Solution to the Wood Rot Problem

If you are tired of wood rot issues, we have good news for you. You can bypass the troubles moisture infiltration creates by replacing your siding with a durable material like fiber cement

James Hardie is the most popular fiber cement siding product in America, and for good reason. Its HardieZone system ensures you get the right siding for your region, safeguarding your home from the damaging effects of the wet, freezing conditions we experience in New York. Ready to fortify your home against wood rot and minimize its need for maintenance with Giant Siding & Windows? Check out how our siding services can help.