There is a surefire way to find out if your home's wood siding needs to be replaced, says a Winnipeg paint retailer.
All you need is a little spare change.
"If you can take a dime and push it in one-eighth of an inch into the siding, then it's got dry rot and it's time to replace," says Bob McAlpine, the sales manager of Keenan's Kolor Kastle. "That's just one little test."
But such a test might prove important, because its results could influence how and where you spend your spring or summer holidays this year and in what condition your home and property could be in at the time. The results of the test might also affect your finances.
Steve Benson, a salesman with Winnipeg's R. D. Friesen Renova-tions, says if a homeowner does decide to replace his siding this year, vinyl siding can be supplied and applied to a wall for approximately $2 to $2.50 a square foot. Wood siding is a little bit more expensive at probably about $3 a square foot while cedar shingle siding can set a homeowner back $4.50 to $5 a square foot.
However if a homeowner decides to only repaint the exterior of their home this year, Walter Schlichting, the owner and technical manager of Winnipeg's The Paint Connection, says the exterior of a typical Winnipeg house can be professionally painted for between $800 to $1,400. That's particularly true for homes in the newer part of the city.
"Most of them (newer homes) are stucco homes and we don't have to paint stucco," Schlichting says. "But once we get into the Wolseley area, with three-storey siding all around and clapboard and homes that are a little bit old, you're looking at $3,000 to $4,000 sometimes."
If you want to save money, you probably could do the work yourself, as long as you have the spare time.
On average, McAlpine says homes in Winnipeg should be repainted every five years because of the city's extreme climate. However, Schlichting says if the exterior of a home is painted properly, a paint job should usually last between seven to 10 years.