While winter isn’t always the most traditional time to think about re-siding your home, it’s actually the perfect time to think about it! Winter temperatures and weather can hold a magnifying glass up to existing issues and help you make a decision about whether it’s time to replace existing siding.
We’ve outlined some items to look for to evaluate if it’s the right time to replace your siding!
Cracks – With winter weather and temperatures becoming more and more unpredictable, the freeze/thaw cycle could be happening much more often than in the past. It’s important to check yoursiding throughout the winter to ensure that freezing water hasn’t infiltrated your siding, expanded, and caused cracks. The type and quality of siding youchoose has much to do with this, so if it’s an issue for your home, let’s work together and find you the best product of the best quality to last you years to come!
Rotting – Regular moisture exposure caused by winter’s snow and ice can lead to rot. The freeze thaw cycle can exacerbate rot issues by deepening cracks caused by moisture. To catch rot before it’s too late, look for brittle siding pieces with deep cracks. Moisture damage can also lead to mold, fungus, and other associated decay. These compromisethe durability and beauty of your home’s siding—particularly with traditional wood.
Missing Siding – Missing, loose, or flapping siding is more than just an aesthetic issue! Your siding is the first and strongest defense against outdoor elements. When winter storms’ winds whip around the corner of a building, there is a possibility of siding to be torn loose or removed completely. Missing siding can lead to rot, as well as mold,or termite and insect infestations.
Holes and denting – Richmond’s susceptibility to ice storms, with this comes potential issues with holes anddenting. Switching or selecting a siding that will do well against storms,winter winds gusts, and ice is vital to a long siding life.
Water Penetration – As mentioned before, the freeze/thaw cycle can wreak havoc on your homes siding. If your gutters are backed up by ice and debris, it can cause water to seep into your siding. This can cause expansion, as well as consistent exposure, leading to rot and mold. (Did you know we do gutters and offer Gutterguards too?!)
Our hope is that winter simply delivers a beautiful landscape to enjoy by the fire. But if you see issues or have concerns, it’s a great time of year to get on our calendar to troubleshoot or give you plenty of time to choose a better siding option. Tredegar Construction would love to help you keep your home safe and warm during winter storms!
Not sure whether vinyl or HardiePlank is the right siding for you?! Read our blog post here where we compare them!
Ready to start the process of replacing your siding? Contact us today!