As the rain and shorter days set in, we have less time to stay on top of all our outdoor home maintenance. The exterior of your home is exposed to the elements all year long, winter is exceptionally rough. Be proactive and ensure that your siding will survive the rainy season. No matter what kind of siding you have – wood, vinyl, or fiber cement – we are here to give you a couple tell-tale signs that they need some fixing up.
These are simple tasks that any homeowner can accomplish in a weekend.
While wood siding is the most eye catching, it is also the most upkeep and water is your biggest enemy since it can cause mold and rotting. Peeling paint is a good indicator of rotting wood, so before the rain comes address this issue to prevent a serious problem from occurring. Repaint or seal the surrounding areas as well to prevent other areas that aren’t rotting from doing so.
Vinyl siding is among the most popular options since it requires such low maintenance. To make sure your siding reaches its maximum life span don’t install or replace any siding in freezing conditions. Once the weather warms up you may experience problems with your siding expanding far too much. Be wary of using chemicals around vinyl. It may become discolored.
Fiber cement siding is the most durable and most weather resistant type of siding on the market. Maintenance may be low but that doesn’t mean it can be ignored. It needs to be painted every now and then with a high quality paint to ensure that it reaches its maximum lifespan. Don’t paint when the weather is below 50 degrees. In the meantime, just keep the siding clean and you will have a care free winter. Double check the caulking around your house. Any spots that may have deteriorated cause a lower amount of insulation. Heat can escape easier, increasing utilities bills and the outside elements may find their way inside.
No matter what type of siding have you have chosen for your home, we want it to receive zero damage during the winter months. Maintaining a small amount of upkeep can go a long way. Before the rain sets in, do a walk around your house to inspect for any peeling paint, discoloration or any spots that are peeling away from your home.
If you’re wanting a rain ready house, contact us today! We’ll provide you with a free, no obligation quote.