The cold winter months can certainly take a toll on your home’s exterior, particularly your siding. Snow, wind, and ice can damage all kinds of siding including fiber cement, which is what we specialize in here at Nations Choice.
Your siding spends its entire lifetime outside as it does its job of protecting your home from the elements. It makes sense that maintaining it will help it weather the cold winter months while lowering your energy bills. In general, you should inspect it for any cracks or weak spots that may breed mold and mildew or attract pests and leaks.
In addition, check the spaces between the outer surface of the home and the back of your siding. Nothing should be able to get inside that space. The snow and freezing rain of winter can easily leak behind the surface of your siding and result in serious water damage – not to mention small pests like squirrels, mice and termites can do some real damage.
Here are some more tips for protecting your siding this winter.
- Inspect the weep-holes in the bottom of your siding. Then, using a thin, stiff wire, clean out any plugged holes that may invite moisture to escape underneath your siding. Use exterior-grade caulk to seal the openings if you notice gaps in the siding where the walls intersect.
- Check for cracks: Winter snow storms and ice can damage and crack your siding. Those cracks may not seem like much at first but they will get worse as ice makes them expand. Walk around your home after a storm to look for damage.
- Check for warping: Rapidly changing temperatures can cause siding to become warped, making the spaces between your home and the siding larger, as we mentioned above. Warped siding is a telltale sign.
- Look for weak or compromised areas: When snow contacts your home’s exterior, it can lead to weak areas over time that must be fixed or replaced by a professional. Be sure to remove any snow that may build up around your house, as well as sidewalks and walkways.
- Call a professional: Taking proper care of your siding is a challenge, to be sure. Skip the DIY approach and call a professional instead. They will assess your siding’s condition, make specific winter care recommendations, and address any problems quickly and efficiently. They may also suggest you invest in repair or replacement as soon as spring comes. You’ll save time and headache letting a professional take care of pre-winter maintenance.
Properly winterizing your fiber cement siding means you are better able to maintain your home’s beauty, reduce energy waste and stay more comfortable indoors.
Contact Nations Choice
For more information on fiber cement siding and how it can protect your home this winter, contact us at 703-688-7100.