Winter isn’t usually the season Treasure Valley homeowners worry about exterior home repairs. Between upcoming holidays and the desire to stay warm indoors, it’s easy to understand why. However, winter weather can cause unwanted damage that sooner or later you’ll have to deal with. In fact, this time of year is when you’re home’s siding can be pushed to its limit.
But, have no fear. The Boise contractor at Pacific Home & Patio would like to provide you with the following guide of some of the most common siding problems to look out for this winter. With this, you’ll be able to spot any signs of damage to help ensure your home is properly protected.
Holes & Denting
In the Treasure Valley, winter can bring with it some extreme storms and powerful winds that whip debris around. Holes and dents are some of the most common forms of siding damage to identify. Not only can holes allow cold air and moisture to enter your home, but denting can also affect the aesthetic beauty of your home’s exterior.
Water expands when it freezes, making melted ice and snow particularly damaging to your home’s siding. If water seeps into any cracks or holes of your home’s siding and refreezes, this can lead to long-term structural issues to your home. That’s why it’s essential to keep an eye out for large amounts of snow or ice in your gutters that could potentially melt and seep beneath your siding.
Another issue caused by snow or ice melting and refreezing is cracking, which is pretty easy to spot. Vinyl siding can be particularly susceptible to cracking because cold temperatures cause it to become more brittle than it would normally be during the summer. That’s why it’s important to remove any built-up snow that comes in contact with your home’s siding instead of allowing it to sit and melt, causing damage in the process.
Missing siding pieces are often the easiest form of damage to spot — and it’s an important one. Strong winter winds can cause siding panels to loosen or dislodge. As your home’s first line of defense against the harsh winter elements, missing siding pieces can leave your house susceptible to other forms of damage, such as rotting and insect infestations.
Constant exposure to snow and ice can eventually lead to rotted siding. However, it’s important to catch this problem early before it’s too late. Take the time to look for brittle siding with deep cracks. Water damage can lead to further decay that compromises your home’s health, structural integrity, and aesthetic value.
Pacific Home & Patio
Now you have a helpful guide to identify some of the most common winter siding problems. By taking care of issues early, you can protect your home and keep your family safe and comfortable. Want more information or help to repair or replace your home’s siding? Contact the Boise contractor at Pacific Home & Patio for a free quote by filling out our online form or give us a call at (208) 376-0000.