By Laura Freeman

When to Repair Your Siding

Although siding is made to last for years, no matter if it is designed of clapboard or wood shingles, brick or stucco, aluminum or vinyl, siding ultimately grows old, wears out, and needs to be replaced.

There also are times when healthy siding requires critical repairs to fix damage from insects, winds, extreme cold or heat, fungus, or impacts.

Indications that siding is ready for replacement:

  • Its color has faded. Siding is made to hold its rated period of performance life and color. Fading may be an indication of sun damage; however, it also can be an indication that it isn’t protecting your house the way it once did.
  • Your cooling and heating expenses have risen. If your utility bills have soared above energy company rate increases, it is time to scrutinize the siding.
  • Loose wallpaper in your house. Sadly, it may be an indication that wallboards were absorbing moisture from humid outside air which has permeated the siding.


Indications that siding requires repair work:

  • A storm that has heavy winds blew through your community and you find holes punched in the stucco; tiles missing from the clapboard siding; chips, cracks, or broken small parts in your aluminum or vinyl siding or sections which are missing or loose.
  • Animal/insect nest or dry rot discovered in section of new wood sidings.
  • Section of rust or mildew/fungus on new sidings.
  • Water damage.
  • A variety of structural faults potentially caused by faulty installation.


Even minor siding damage that is left unrepaired may hurt your house by allowing insects, dirt, water, and air inside your house. To safeguard your biggest investment from major repairs, make repair of siding a priority on your “To Do” list.

We offer James Hardie® siding products at Chattanooga Exteriors

If you have been considering an update to the appearance of your house by replacing your current siding, or need assistance with new siding installation, allow Chattanooga Exteriors to help! We’re a locally owned and operated company and are conveniently situated on the North Shore in Chattanooga, TN, and offer complete James Hardie siding installation and design services.


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Chattanooga Exteriors

179 Hamm Road

Chattanooga, TN 37405

(423) 805-3800

James Hardie Cleaning Tips

Cleaning Your Hardie Siding

By Laura Freeman

There’s nothing like the look and feel of clean. Whether it’s your kitchen tile floor, your car, or your home’s siding and trim. When something is so clean it sparkles, you feel accomplished, and it looks its best.

You can achieve that same sparkle on your home’s siding by cleaning it once or twice a year.

On the Deck: James Hardie Siding

By Laura Freeman

Check out our latest “On the Deck” episode with Jamie Breneman! We were up on Lookout Mountain talking about one of our favorite James Hardie siding makeovers. We are able to feel so confident using this siding product exclusively because it’s so beautiful, long-lasting, low maintenance, and comes with a 30-year warranty on the siding board as well as a 15-year warranty on the siding finish. Check out our website to see some of our recent projects and stay tuned for more “On the Deck” episodes on WDEF TV Channel 12 during the “Let’s Chatt” show.

James Hardie Plants that complement

Plants That Can Complement Your Exterior

By Laura Freeman

Spring is finally here – yay! Plants, trees, and flowers are all beginning to pop out in gorgeous bursts of pinks, yellows, reds, and whites. Now that the weather is cooperating a little more with our Spring fever, it’s time to break out your gardening tools and clogs. If you’re thinking of landscaping or adding bits of color to your own yard, why not think about choosing colors and foliage to complement your siding color?

On the Deck: Siding Replacement

By Laura Freeman

Jamie Breneman is on location, on Lookout Mountain, at one of our most recent projects where we completely renovated and replaced the original siding with new James Hardie siding in Arctic White. Check out this episode of “On the Deck with Jamie Breneman,” on WDEF TV Channel 12 during the “Let’s Chatt” show.

Front Porch Curb Appeal

By Laura Freeman

In the home improvement industry, we talk about adding curb appeal to your home all the time (and in our case — with new siding and trim). However, if you’re already in the process of updating your siding and trim, you may also want to think about adding a few extra elements to create a more welcoming atmosphere. Here are some easy ways to add a little extra aesthetic beauty to your front porch…

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