Before you know it, cold weather will strike. Before you know it, you’ll need siding replacement. Fortunately, you can defend your home’s siding from winter gusts, springtime cold showers, hefty winds and frigid nights. Even if you’re not facing winter’s chill, you can still conduct a post-cold-weather inspection on your siding. In doing so, you’ll reduce the need for repairs, replacements, and a remodeling job.
Below, we’re covering the best post-weather tips for the cold-climate home.
Tip One: Look for Cracks, Gaps, and Splits
Most household siding damage can be spotted. You’ll still need to stay up to date with your annual check-ups, however, to assure your siding is as intact as it can be. When inspecting your siding, look for water damage, gaps, cracks, and splits. Also, check the weep holes which are punched in the bottom of your siding. These holes are responsible for drainage, but they can become damaged when the weather gets cold.
Tip Two: Check for Pest Infestations
In the springtime, cold weather can result in pest infestations. Double-check your siding for any critters, because they might’ve burrowed in the warm areas of your siding. Specifically, check any clogged areas, making sure they haven’t cleared any spaces for termites, mites and other insects.
Tip Three: Check for Expansion
If you have vinyl siding, make sure you’re checking it for expansion as well as contraction. Rapidly changing temperatures can result in materials changing shape. When this happens, a siding’s structure can become weak. Or, worse, it can split the housing materials around it. If you can, cover any vinyl siding you think will be exposed to cold weather, come the next storm.
Tip Four: Check for Discoloration
Sometimes, snow, sleet, and hail can leave moisture within a home’s siding. If this happens, the moisture may discolor a siding’s surface before damaging its interior. By checking for discoloration, you’ll be able to determine where such “problem areas” are. If a siding’s surface is discolored, it may be warped—or even split—right beneath its surface.
It’s a good idea to contact a siding contractor immediately if you see gaps, breaks or discoloration along your siding’s surface. Don’t hesitate to contact a siding contractor, either. When in doubt, contact Anderson Exteriors at 763-323-0970. We’re here to help, and we can get your home’s siding back to its durable, protective self. We’ve been in business since 1981, and we’ve seen every type of siding damage in existence. Check out our siding and repair options, and ask our providers about their cold weather tips.