3 Ways To Protect Your Siding This Winter
Winter weather can be hard on the exterior of your home. If you have siding, heavy snow, rains, and other winter-related elements can be especially damaging to it. To help you protect your siding, here are a few precautions you can take.
Secure Your Siding
Throughout the year, the nails securing the siding can sometimes loosen. When this happens, ice, snow, and other and winds can pull the siding away from the home. Worse yet, the moisture barrier could be pulled away and mold and mildew can start to develop. Your home's structure could even experience some damage, such as rot.
To prevent this, take the time to check your siding at the start of the cold weather season. If you there is any siding that is loose, it needs to be secured. Any siding that is damaged needs to be removed and replaced.
Clean the Gutters
The gutters are not just instrumental in protecting your roof. They also help to keep the siding from experiencing water damage. When the gutters are clogged, instead of the water being diverted down the drain system and out through the downspouts, it tends to spill down the side of the home. The flow of water on your siding can lead to damage that could result in a complete replacement at some point.
Avoiding this is simple. Take the time to clean your gutters. Ideally, you should clean them a couple of times a year. You should also inspect the gutters each month to determine if more frequent cleaning is necessary.
Remove Snow and Ice Immediately
One of the most damaging problems that can occur during the winter season is the formation of ice dams on your roof and in the gutters. Ice dams occur when there is a buildup of snow or ice on your roof and in the gutters. Cleaning your gutters can help to lower the risk of this occurring, but it can still happen.
When ice dams form, they can become so heavy that they fall off the home and pull along the gutters and siding. Even parts of your roof could be affected. To prevent this, check, your roof and gutters immediately following a major snow or ice event. If you notice any buildup, remove it as soon as possible.
With the help, you can extend the life of your siding and save on costly repairs. For more information, on siding repair, contact a professional.