Your siding gets hammered by the elements all year round, but winter is especially unforgiving. Between the ice, snow, and frigid winds, your siding has a big job to do to withstand winter’s onslaught. Luckily, newer siding is up to the task. If you’re thinking about replacing your siding, Budget Exteriors can assist you with information on all of your options. Meanwhile, you can help your current siding perform its best with some simple preventative maintenance.

Before the Snow Falls

Before winter, check for any signs of damage or wear and tear to your siding. Depending on the type of siding you have, these problems could manifest in different ways. Catching these signs early and having any weaknesses in your siding repaired can preserve its life and that of your home’s structure. If you’re concerned about damage, call in a siding professional. They know what to look for and what to recommend to fix the problem. Since repairs and replacements are harder to do during the winter months, it’s best to get them done either in the fall or in the spring after the snow thaws.

Vinyl Siding

  • Vinyl siding is very durable, especially if it is newer, and one of its prime benefits is that it is low maintenance. However, cold temperatures turn vinyl siding brittle. Keep any loose items away from the exterior of your home so that they can’t hit your siding during winter storms.
  • The installation quality of your siding has a lot to do with how long it will last. Don’t have vinyl siding installed in the winter because there can be issues with the expansion and contraction of the material causing warping and breakage around the nails.
  • Make sure to replace any damaged pieces before snow falls to maintain your exterior.

Wood Siding

  • Wood siding requires more direct maintenance and is vulnerable over time to moisture damage. A beautiful option, wood siding functions best with a good sealant. The sealant needs to be reapplied every few years for optimal performance.
  • Make sure to keep snow cleared away from your wood siding, and that it stays as dry as possible.
  • Inspect your wood siding during fall and spring for signs of rot, wear, or decay and have these areas promptly replaced by a professional. Otherwise the issue can spread further, even to the interior of your home’s structure.

Fiber Cement

  • Fiber cement is a more durable siding option than vinyl, but it’s more expensive.
  • It is extremely weather resistant, and a great option to protect your home from harsh winters. It doesn’t need much maintenance.
  • Clean fiber cement siding several times a year, and have it repainted every few years.
  • Inspect the caulking for gaps or holes, and patch any that you find.

Protecting Your Siding in Winter

General tips can apply to all forms of siding. Keep snow shoveled and away from the perimeter of your home. After winter storms, especially those with high winds, check to make sure your siding isn’t unfastened or damaged. If you see icicles forming on your siding, a call to a professional is in order, as that means that water has gotten underneath your shingles and could cause further damage.

Good quality siding can protect your home from the harsh effects of winter, as long as it is well-maintained. If your siding is more than 15 years old, or you’ve noticed damage or wear, call Budget Exteriors for a consultation. Damaged siding is unable to do its job to prevent the cold and moisture from entering your home, so it’s important these problems are addressed sooner rather than later. Call us now at 781-504-2346 and our professionals can help you choose the option that is right for your home and your budget. For more tips on your siding and other home maintenance, visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Budget-Exteriors/.