How do you know when to replace your siding?

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How do you know when to replace your siding?

How do you know when to replace your siding?

Your home’s siding serves as a shield against the elements and a defining feature of your exterior aesthetic. Whether your home has been subject to extensive damage by extreme weather or pests, or you’re simply in the mood for a new look, it’s worth considering if now is the right time to re-side. 

Starting a siding replacement project can seem like a big undertaking, but most homeowners only go through the process once, and it’s almost always a worthwhile investment. Seeing as you likely don’t want this to become a repeat project, it’s essential to do it right the first time and help prevent any expensive repairs down the road. 

So, how do you know if now is the right time to replace your siding? While some situations, such as visible or structural damage, demand an immediate replacement, others may require a nuanced evaluation. To guide your decision, here are six key questions to help identify the severity of issues with your current siding and assess the value of a siding replacement. 

Is now the time? Six questions to ask yourself when considering a siding replacement

Assess whether the moment is right for a siding replacement with these six crucial questions. If the time is right, you’ll also find some pointers on how to evaluate your home’s new siding.  

Already convinced it’s time to re-side? Check out our Ultimate Re-Side Guide for more tips and tricks! 

1. How long has your current siding been in place? 

Depending on the material and original quality of installation, siding can last for decades. However, if it’s near the tail end of its lifecycle, it may be time to replace it. So, how do you know if your siding is reaching its natural end? 

First, go stand on the curb outside of your home — how does it look overall? Now, take a closer look and walk around all sides of your house from the roof to the foundation, looking for any sagging, cracking, blistering, buckling, fading, missing pieces, rot, evidence of insect damage, or water stains. If you see two or more of those signs, it’s likely time to re-side. 

2. What kind of upkeep and maintenance do you need to do? 

As siding ages and wears out, the maintenance cycle shortens. With more frequent, costly upkeep required, the tendency to skip repairs and instead “let it go” can lead to intrusion by water or pests, and possibly damage to the underlying wall.  With the ongoing time and effort to repair and maintain old siding in mind, it might make a re-side more attractive. 

Especially if you’ve recently dealt with a pest incursion, such as carpenter bees creating nests behind your wood siding, you’ve likely had enough with emergency calls to the exterminator. When maintenance (or lack thereof) starts to be a factor, it’s another sign that re-siding is the best choice. 

3. How extensive is any damage to your siding? 

A single missing shingle or color fading under one windowsill may not be a big problem. However, when damages start to pile up, they can make a nice-to-have project essential. 

You should also consider how often your siding is damaged — and the underlying causes of that damage. Excessive pest infestations from woodpeckers and termites, for instance, can cause serious issues to your home. When you replace your exterior siding, it’s worth considering a material that’s less appealing to critters, such as Hardie® fiber cement siding. 

4. How long do you plan to stay in the house? 

Are you planning to sell your home soon? If so, fresh siding can boost its market value. Exterior renovations not only enhance the aesthetic appeal and help safeguard the home, but they also significantly elevate curb appeal, making a more impactful first impression. 

On the other hand, if you know you’ll be living there for a while, you may want to invest in quality siding that minimizes maintenance for longer and will last for decades.  James Hardie invented modern fiber cement siding to help protect what matters most against the elements for years to come.  In any event, new fiber cement siding will provide both short-term and long-term benefits for you and your home. 

5. How does your home compare to others in the neighborhood? 

Be honest — is your home the one that stands out for all the wrong reasons? Does it look dated and tired? If your neighbors have upgraded their homes’ exteriors, it might be an incentive for you to make the change, too, especially if you have other repairs to make. Look around your neighborhood. If the homes were built at the same time, they’ll likely require updates and projects within the same timeframe. 

Re-siding your home can also add a much-needed curb appeal boost to make your home the envy of your neighborhood. Particularly if you’ve seen any color fading or have needed repainting over the years, James Hardie’s exclusive ColorPlus® Technology finish provides sharp, long-lasting color with a 15-year limited warranty. 

6. How does your siding color and style reflect current trends? 

If your home’s siding is showing signs of physical wear and tear, your exterior style could likely use an update, too. A siding replacement project is a great opportunity to remove dated siding styles or colors and modernize your exterior. 

This article came to us courtesy of one of our star suppliers James Hardie Siding.

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Free Siding! Check out our latest HGTV contest collab!

Who wants a free exterior remodel?

Check out the flyer below and click on the QR code to register for the contest.


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Check Out Our Glass Railing System for Decks!

Convert that beautiful view hidden by rails and uprights every few inches to a crystal clear wide open view.

We can install glass railings on any new construction or retrofit your existing railing to crystal clear.

Our glass railings are unique because we make your glass deck railing fastersafer, and stronger than the other guys.

Glass deck railing offers…

  • Unobstructed views
  • Durability and safety
  • Minimal maintenance

It can also increase the value of your home and make your home stand out from all those other homes around you with boring, old, view-obscuring wood or vinyl railing.

Glass is also resistant to decay, rot, and rust, and isn’t susceptible to damage from insects or pets.

Just a few reasons to choose us to install glass railing on your deck:

  • Crystal clear glass
  • Stronger than code requires
  • We only install Tempered safety glass
  • We install glass panels with added framing on the edges to protect the glass from corner strikes and increase its strength

Call us now to get an estimate on modifying your existing railing or to install glass railing on your new project!


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Don’t Slip and Fall on that Deck! Protect Yourself!

It doesn’t matter if it’s winter, summer, or somewhere in between, you need to make sure your deck is a safe place to be.

Snow, ice, rain, leaves…they all create slick and dangerous conditions.

One slip and you or someone else could have a broken hip, arm, or worse.

Me and the kids watch a lot of fail videos. They’re mostly people doing stupid things, but the slips on steps and decks always get me. Total accidents, and you can almost feel the pain when you see it happen.

Here’s one of those videos. Tell me you don’t cringe at the very first one.

Here are a few things you can use or add to your deck and steps to make it safer for everyone. Just click on the item or the pic, and it’ll take you right to it for more info.

Coconut Fiber Anti-Slip Mats

Non-Slip, Glow-in-the-Dark Stair Tread Tape

Pet-Friendly Ice Melt

There’s lot of other products out there. To see tons, more just hop on Amazon and search for “Deck Protection from Ice and Water“.

This page contains affiliate links. This means that if you click a link and buy one of the products on this page, I may receive a commission (at no extra cost to you!) This doesn’t affect our opinions or our reviews. Everything we do is to benefit you as the reader, so all of our reviews are as honest and unbiased as possible.

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2023 Good Housekeeping Awards!

Check out the 2023 Good Housekeeping Awards.

There’s some really cool stuff here, but I also want to point out that in the exterior categories, almost every item is something that we install.

If you call , and want a particular item on the list, be sure to mention where you heard about it.

Click on the image to see the list of award winners…

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Congrats to Our Pool Company Friends!

Just finished reading the latest issue of Pool and Spa News and saw where two pool companies we work with made the list of top pool companies in the United States.

Congratulations to Elko Pools and Spas and Graves Pools!

You absolutely can’t go wrong using them for service or installation of a pool or spa.

Check below for a really cool project we worked on with Elko Spas. They created a beautiful pool canvas for us to add to with a freestanding arbor.

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Our Roofing Roots Run Deep!

Courtesy of our friends over at GAF, here’s a short video about their roots.

We’re pleased to be working with such amazing material suppliers.


If you’re interested in a complete report on your roof to submit for an estimate or just to gather information, check out our roof measurement reports. NO home visit required!

Click HERE for more info.

You can find us at… 843-238-4798 www.oceanbreezeexteriors Showroom located at 739 Sandy Lane in Surfside Beach, SC

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Is Your Contractor the Light in Your Day?

I saw this mural inside a thrift store the other day and thought it was pretty cool.

Not only is this contractor the light of everyone’s day, but…safety first!

He’s even wearing his safety goggles.

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Case Study: Composite Boardwalk at the S.C. Botanical Gardens

I wanted to point out a beautiful outdoor project I saw the other day at the South Carolina Botanical Gardens located at Clemson University.

They have a large outdoor section that takes you through various climate zones and topography found in the Palmetto State. It includes the piedmont, palm trees and shell rings, and even a carnivorous plant habitat.

Weaving throughout all of this is a beautiful composite lumber boardwalk.

Maybe instead of a sidewalk or more concrete, this might be a great idea for you. If you need something like this to connect areas at your home or traverse a muddy area in the backyard, give us a call.

Here’s a sample of one of our composite projects-


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Deck Collapse in Alabama

Decks collapse quite often, but rarely is the collapse caught on camera.

Click on the photo below to see this scary deck collapse at an apartment building in Alabama.

When decks do collapse, it’s usually from a major issue or a combination of factors, such as:

  1. Not built to code by licensed contractors
  2. Age and lack of maintenance
  3. Overloading

Why don’t you let us build or repair that deck for you?

If the following apply, give us a call-

  • You don’t trust your husband to do it safely
  • You’d rather not test your homeowner’s policy with a lawsuit from your guests
  • You’re not sure it’ll hold that hot tub, outdoor kitchen, or whatever
  • You want it done right without having to mess with the permits and stuff and want us to handle that
  • Your desk is old, and you’re just not sure about it
  • You don’t want your family crushed in a pile of wood and rusty nails because someone hired the cheapest guy to do it on the weekends

Seriuously. Just have us do an estimate before you get it done.

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