Winter is a tough season for your home’s exterior. Snow, sleet, wind and other elements can wreak havoc on your siding. But with the right maintenance, you can protect your siding from damage and keep it looking like new. So, let’s explore more about what you can do as a homeowner to keep your house’s exterior siding looking its best through the Winter.
Winter Can Be Damaging To Your Home’s Siding, Find Out How To Prevent It From Happening!
There are plenty of steps you can take to help keep your siding in good condition during winter. We’ll go over a few things you can do to keep your home’s exterior siding looking its best and doing the best job it can do. If you’re struggling with keeping your home’s siding in good condition, then consider hiring a professional siding company.
Inspect Your Siding Regularly
Checking your siding at least once every few months for signs of wear or damage is a great way to head off any potential problems before they get worse. Look for discoloration, cracks, holes, or any other signs of wear that may have developed over time or due to harsh weather conditions. If you spot anything, make sure to repair it as soon as possible to avoid further damage to the siding.
Clean Your Home’s Siding Regularly
Keeping your siding clean will not only make it look better but also help prevent damage from happening in the first place. Use a soft brush and mild soap and water solution to gently scrub away dirt and debris buildup on the surface of your siding. Make sure not to use any harsh chemicals that could damage the finish on your siding.
Check For Loose Nails & Screws
Over time, nails and screws can loosen due to wear and tear or temperature changes during winter months. This can lead to more serious problems if left unchecked so be sure to regularly inspect all nails and screws around windows, doors, eaves troughs, etc., and tighten them if necessary.
Seal Off Entry Points
Rodents such as mice and rats love nothing more than a warm place to nest during the winter months so be sure to seal off any entry points around windows/doors/eaves troughs where these pests could enter your home through gaps in the walls or other small openings near your siding.
Put Up Protective Coverings
if you live in an area prone to heavy snowfall during winter months then consider investing in some protective coverings for areas where snow accumulates most frequently (such as window frames). These coverings will help reduce snow accumulation which can cause water damage over time when left unchecked.
Trim Trees & Bushes Nearby
Trimming trees and bushes away from your home is essential for protecting against potential water damage caused by melting snow/sleet accumulation on branches/leaves near your home’s exterior walls/windows/doors etc., which can lead to water seeping into wood framing behind walls or into gaps between panels causing rot/mold growth over time.
Monitor Temperature Changes
Different temperatures throughout winter months can cause expansion/contraction of materials used in construction of exterior walls/window frames which can lead to stress fractures along seams between panels as well as warping of wooden frames which support windows etc., resulting in air leaks around windows etc.
Repair Any Cracks Or Holes Immediately
Cracks or holes should be repaired immediately after they are spotted because even small amounts of moisture entering through these cracks or holes can cause major damages over time including rotting wood framing behind walls due water seeping inside wall cavities etc., leading mold growth etc. This should be done by a professional to avoid any issues that could arise with doing it yourself however.
Winter weather can take a toll on your home’s siding, but if you follow these tips you can help keep it in good condition and prevent any more serious damages from occurring. Regular inspections, cleaning, maintenance, and repairs should all be part of your winter preparations to ensure that your home is protected during the colder months. If you’re having any issues with keeping your siding in good shape then don’t hesitate to contact a professional siding company for help with keeping it in the best possible condition.
Wood Siding February 24, 2017