Most people think of their grass, landscaping and perhaps their porch and entry as what contributes most to their home’s curb appeal. However, your roof and siding also contribute to curb appeal. If yours doesn’t reflect well on your home in appearance, it’s probably not doing a great job of protecting your home either. Here are some reasons that you may want to replace your roof and siding if they no longer look good.
Staining and Streaking
Although staining and streaking on your roof and siding isn’t necessarily a reason to replace either, you should address the issue. Many times, the staining or streaking you see is mold or mildew caused by algae growth. The algae feeds on organic materials like the asphalt in your shingles or wood in your siding. Your siding may be able to be pressure washed, but never use a pressure washer on your roof. Instead, you’ll want to use a sprayer with a 50/50 mix of water and bleach. Be sure to protect plants below your roof so the bleach mixtures doesn’t damage them.
Cracks, Bubbling or Blistering
Wood siding with blistering paint should be stripped and repainted. Vinyl siding with cracks needs to be replaced. Shingles can crack, bubble and blister too and generally that means you need a roof replacement. When your roof and siding have holes or cracks, not only is your home not protected from the elements, but animals from the smallest of insects to larger rodents can get in.
Increase Appearance and Energy Efficiency
When you replace your roof and siding, we’ll bring your home up to today’s building codes which are significantly more energy efficient. We will evaluate the insulation in your attic and add more if necessary. And when you choose architectural shingles rather than 3-tab shingles, not only will your roof have better curb appeal but it will be more insulative.
Some siding today has better R-value than older siding but if you don’t choose an insulated siding, we’ll install a house wrap before we replace your siding. This will not only make your home less drafty but also reduce your heating and cooling costs.
Don’t let your roof and siding detract from your home’s appearance. Let Frank-Dale Roofing & Exteriors give you a free estimate for a roof replacement and new siding or whichever your home needs. Call us today at schedule your no obligation appointment at (414) 425-5796 or fill out our contact form.