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Siding Winterization Guide

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Siding Winterization Guide

Your home’s siding has a difficult job. It has to be attractive enough to make your home look good, and strong enough to withstand a life spent outdoors. There are lots of different types of sidings. They all have things that you should be conscious of when preparing for the winter months. Let’s briefly go through some popular types of siding and discuss their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to winter weather.

  1. 1.Vinyl Siding

    Your home’s siding has a difficult job. It has to be attractive enough to make your home look good, and strong enough to withstand a life spent outdoors.

    Vinyl siding is a very popular cladding option. That’s because not only is it durable and relatively inexpensive, it comes in a variety of colors and styles. However, you must care for care of it when winter weather hits. When vinyl siding is attached to your home, there is a small amount of space between the outer surface of your home and the back of the siding. It’s your job to make sure nothing gets inside that space. Winter storms can bring snow and rain which could leak behind the surface of your vinyl siding and cause serious water damage. Also, animals like mice, squirrels and termites could see the siding as the way into your nice warm home and eat through it.

  2. 2.Wood Siding

    Stucco is made from a mixture of Portland cement, sand, lime and water. It’s an attractive, versatile building material that is often seen in hot, dry climates. Why do you usually see it there? Because water and stucco buildings don’t mix. Stucco is very porous, so water causes stucco to swell and warp. There is some hope for you if you like the look of stucco without the moisture problems. Stucco that is acrylic-based (instead of cement-based) doesn’t have the same aversion to moisture.

  3. 3.Stucco Siding

    Track lights are pretty easy for the average homeowners to mount and use by themselves. They require only a basic knowledge of electrical wiring. Of course, if you prefer not to do it yourself, the ease with which they can be installed means that your contractor is in and out of your home in no time.

  4. 4.Aluminum Siding

    Aluminum siding is sometimes seen as a comparable alternative to vinyl siding. That’s because both materials are easy on your wallet and can be made to look like other, more expensive materials. However, one common problem with aluminum siding is that it can be prone to dents. That means that if your area experiences hail, it could leave its mark on your home for long after the storm has passed.


    Now that we’ve gone over a few popular siding options, let’s talk about some of the basic things you can do to make sure that whatever siding you have is prepared for winter.

  6. 5.Check siding for Cracks and Weak Spots

    You need water to live, but it can cause big and expensive problems for you if it gets into places it’s not supposed to be. Mold, mildew and pests are just a few of the problems on your hands if you have water damage. Make sure your siding doesn’t have any places where water can collect and do damage.

  7. 6.Make any Necessary Repairs

    If you do spot problems with your home’s siding, address them right away. Don’t let problems fester and become worse – fix them. If you don’t feel comfortable fixing them yourself, find a professional you can trust to do the work for you. You can use to find trusted pros in your area and get a quote quickly.

  8. 7.Keep the Cold Air Out, and the Warm Air In

    You spend a lot of money heating your home during the winter months. Make sure your money isn’t going to waste. By making sure your siding is ready for winter, you make sure that it’s strong enough to keep the winter air outside where it belongs.

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