Your home’s exterior is one of your best defenses against the nasty winter weather. Keep mother nature at bay as long as you can. To do this, you’re going to need some high-quality siding. But even the best siding will begin to crack and decay. Here’s a helpful guide to caring for your home’s siding this winter.
If You Have Vinyl Siding
There’s little disputing that vinyl siding is one of the most popular choices for siding material. It’s low maintenance, which is good news for those of us who would rather spend the winter hibernating than dealing with the bitter cold to address any problems with our home’s siding. So how can you care for it?
- Don’t install it in freezing temperatures.
- Shy away from painting it.
- Keep it covered.
If You Have Wood Siding
While wood and vinyl are comparable when it comes to how well they protect your home, wood is higher-maintenance. Although it looks great, it can still rot away, which means it won’t be so attractive anymore. Don’t let your wooden siding become an eyesore.
- Monitor for any signs of water damage, especially if there’s been an abundance of ice and snow recently.
- Deal with any paint that you see chipping, cracking, or peeling off.
- Call professionals to handle any patches of wood siding that are severely rotted.
If You Have Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber cement siding isn’t as common as its vinyl and wood counterparts. That said, you shouldn’t ignore it in favor of the other two. Here are some maintenance tips for you.
- Don’t forget to paint it: Compared to vinyl and wood, fiber cement is even lower-maintenance. But you still need to paint it to help protect it from the elements. Be sure to pick only the best paints and don’t go painting when it’s too cold. In this case, that benchmark is fifty degrees or below. But even if you can’t get around to painting it just yet, all you need to do is keep it clean until then.
- Make sure all the caulking is intact: You might be familiar with using caulk inside your bathroom. But did you know you can use it on your siding as well? If the caulking has worn down, then you need to fix any gaps you see. Otherwise, your bills might skyrocket unexpectedly.
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