No one wants to deal with siding issues, especially during the winter. Unfortunately, in many ways, winter is when problems can be the worst with your home’s siding. Understanding the possible issues and what can happen if those problems occur can provide insight for those looking to avoid any significant winter complications. By staying on top of winter siding issues, you can be sure that your home remains protected from more severe damage.
The most apparent winter siding issue to be aware of stems from strong wings. Winter winds can cause loose siding or may even remove siding from your home. Although you may think your siding is only present to make your home look good, a missing piece of siding can lead to severe damage. A home with missing siding pieces is more susceptible to water damage, bug infestations, and other complications. By ensuring that siding is firmly and properly attached, you can ensure that your home’s most outer shield against danger is in place.
Cracks and holes in your siding can form as a result of freezing and repeatedly thawing over time. It can also be the result of debris carried by heavy winds. On the plus side, this siding issue is clearly seen, so no hidden problems can take root. Cracks and holes are not only unsightly but can cause real problems with your home. Air and water can enter these weak spots, leading to numerous issues over time. If you see cracks and holes in your siding, it is best to take care of the problem quickly!
Although dents are not typically considered a severe issue, it does weaken the siding so that it is vulnerable to additional damage. When you examine your home for winter damages, it is smart to notate any dents in the siding. Dents can quickly become cracks or holes, which lead to more damaging issues.
Perhaps one of the most difficult winter siding issues to address is if water seeps beneath your siding and causes rotting. Not only is correcting a rot issue costly, but it can also cause damage to other components of the home. To prevent water seepage and rot beneath your siding, you will want to look for any potential damages that could allow water to get into the system. If you have had a winter storm recently, reexamine your siding. Less damage will occur if the siding is checked and fixed frequently.
Any siding issues should be dealt with as soon as possible. Monitoring your siding for any potential problems is also crucial to the prevention of further damage. By walking around your home and looking for missing or loose siding, cracks and holes, dents, and potential areas for water seepage and rotting, you can help your home last longer without the need for major construction.
If you need to replace your home’s siding this winter, our team at Oceanside Exteriors is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by calling us at (207) 310-7659 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your siding installation needs!