Is your Colorado Home Ready for New Siding?

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Most days in Colorado, we enjoy mild and sunny weather. But from time-to-time, weather can move in extremes. These temperature changes can cause thermal expansion and contraction. Sudden snow and ice or rain and hail threaten moisture damage. Even the glorious Colorado sun can bake your home, fluctuating your interior temperature and fading your siding color.

At Bellwether, we can assess your property for signs of damage and wear, and we can recommend new siding products that are durable and built to last in the Colorado climate. There are some key indicators that it is time to replace your home siding.

Consider the age of your home and the last time you had your home painted or had new siding installed.

The age of your home has a lot to do with a decision to replace siding. Consider when your current home siding was installed. It still matters even if you’ve painted. Painting and repairs can extend the life of some siding products, but they are not permanent fixes for damaged siding.

Assess your home siding for visible damage including warping, swelling, and soft spots.

If you notice visible damage to your home siding, it is likely time for a siding replacement. Signs of damage include:

  • Swelling, warping, or rotting boards/trim
  • Cupping
  • Chipping
  • Flaking paint
  • Holes
  • Soft or spongey boards

These are signs of siding deterioration and indicate that it’s time for a siding replacement on your Colorado home.

Be sure to especially observe the north and south sides of the home for signs of extreme wear-and-tear.

In Colorado, because the climate can be extreme, generally one side of your home is going to look different from the others. It is important to assess the north and south sides of your home for signs of damage as these walls will show the extreme ends of deterioration.

The north side is more susceptible to moisture damage. It gets the least amount of sun, and so, like the north face of one of our Rocky Mountain peaks, it will shade snow and ice. This snow pack can cause long-term moisture damage. This is also true of rain collection because without the direct sunlight, the north side is slower to dry out.

On the south side, sunlight is the issue. It is exposed to baking sun for more daytime hours than any other angle. In Colorado, this sun exposure is extreme. Best case scenario, it fades the color. Worst case, it dries the siding boards to a brittle, cracking state.

Make note of water damage inside the home.

If moisture is making its way into your home, you have a siding issue. This is most common around warped windows, and you may notice stains on your window trim and seals.

But moisture can also reach an interior wall from any problem point on the exterior wall. If you have water damage inside the home, it’s time for siding replacement.

Woodpeckers and flickers aren’t just drilling into your wood siding—they’re a sign of a bigger problem.

Many homeowners notice woodpeckers, flickers, and other invasive animals drilling into their siding and assume it’s because of their natural wood siding. Actually, these animals are drilling to search for insects and other pests. Generally, moist wood creates an ideal environment for these pests, so if you have woodpecker holes on your siding, you likely also have moisture damage and other pests.

Maybe you just want a whole new design!

It’s okay to want a change—you should love the house you call home. Bellwether’s design team are experts at creating fresh, modern styles, built to last a lifetime.

Bellwether offers siding design built to last in the Colorado climate.

Whatever your reason, Bellwether is your best option for siding replacement in Colorado. We use high-quality products and the industry’s best practices so that your new home siding will last a lifetime and you’ll love your home from the outside in.

President & Co-Founder