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“What If My House Siding Is Damaged Going Into Winter?”

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“What If My House Siding Is Damaged Going Into Winter?”

 

There are a lot of things that we as home and property owners think about as autumn fades to winter—snow removal, heating costs, water pipes, drafty windows—the list is lengthy. But we go amiss if we fail to consider the condition of our house siding.

If the siding on your home has been compromised by time, wear and tear, or the hail storms from 2017, then you may find yourself in a costly headache come spring when the winter freeze begins to thaw.

 

The Dangers Of Heading Into Winter With Damaged House Siding

 

Damaged siding during winter months can allow moisture to creep into your home, which of course can easily lead to water damage, wood rot, and dangerous situations such as mold. This is why it is very important for home and property owners to be certain of the integrity of their house siding as we head into winter.

 

The Dangers Of Winter Weather Itself On Siding

 

Let’s say that your house siding is in good standing when the snow arrives—great! But now we have another concern as we watch the temperatures drop—damage from the cold weather itself.

Winter often comes with storms, which can bring along with them high winds that can blow the siding right off your home. This is especially true if your home siding is already compromised.

Although siding manufacturers have stepped up their game in recent years, and are delivering fantastic quality products, vinyl siding still harbors a bit of concern when the temperatures dip below freezing, which is not too uncommon here in Kansas City. Cold weather can turn your vinyl siding brittle, which means that a stone tossed up by a snow blower can easily crack your siding upon impact.

Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind here is this: if you have damage to your siding or windows, or any other piece of your home connected to your vinyl siding, it is best to have a professional contractor come out and address the situation for repair. Special precautions can be taken to make sure that no further cracking occurs. Further, a professional can determine whether a repair is immediate, or if it can wait until the weather turns a bit more agreeable. They can also help determine whether your home is actually in need of a siding replacement, and if insurance should become involved.

 

What is the best way to ensure the integrity of your home or property, and protect yourself from costly headaches come spring?

 

If you suspect damage to your siding, especially in light of the hail storms from this year, contact us today. Signs to look for are:

  • Cracks and holes from hail damage

  • Falling or blown off siding panels

  • Rot on or under siding panels

For more about the signs to look for that your siding may need to be replaced, check out our article, here. 

Also check out how siding manufacturers such as James Hardie are creating durable products to outlast whatever nature may send your way!

If you suspect damage to your siding as we head into winter, or this spring as the snow and ice melt, give us a call to schedule your free inspection.

 

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