Although certain parts of North Carolina and South Carolina enjoy temperate weather all year long, many regions of these states experience winter weather. If you’re a homeowner, wintertime comes with a completely unique set of challenges, including keeping your siding in good repair throughout the cold, snowy winter months. Depending on what type of siding you have on your home, the winter maintenance routine you need to engage in will differ a bit. As you read the remainder of this guide, you will learn about how to take care of some common siding materials when the weather turns frigid.
Vinyl siding – Vinyl siding is the most common exterior home covering in the United States. Although vinyl siding can withstand most winter weather, it is important to note that extreme cold can cause it to crack and warp. Inspect your siding carefully after any particularly cold spells to make sure all of the boards are still intact; you may even want to have a professional contractor assess your house if you’re concerned. If any issues are noted, contact your insurance company immediately for next steps.
Furthermore, vinyl siding tends to get quite dirty during the winter months. In addition to residue from snow, ice, and sleet, salt can cause unsightly streaks on vinyl boards. Each spring, it’s a good idea to have vinyl siding power washed to get rid of the remnants of wintertime.
Wood siding – Wood siding is the toughest to care for during the winter months for a couple of reasons. For starters, it is highly susceptible to damage from water. This means snow and ice can wreak havoc on wood siding boards, especially as they begin to melt. Carefully watch for any areas that appear to be rotting or sections where the paint has begun to peel; these can both signal serious issues. One way to minimize water damage is to have your siding sealed towards the end of autumn.
Another reason wood siding is a challenge in cool weather is that it is flammable. This means you need to take extra care with the location of any fire pits or bonfire areas you have in your yard. Otherwise, your home could potentially go up in flames.
Fiber cement siding – Fiber cement siding is arguably the most durable option on the market today. Although it is quite low maintenance during the winter months, there are still a few things you can do to make sure it stays in its best possible condition. As with vinyl siding, power washing this material in the spring is a good way to get rid of any debris left behind by winter weather. Furthermore, you should inspect fiber cement siding’s caulking throughout the wintertime and repair any areas that are cracked.
The Hatch Homes team can assist you with a wide variety of siding-related projects, including winter upkeep. If you have questions or you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our experts, don’t hesitate to call our office today. We look forward to hearing from you!