How Does Winter Damage Your Siding

With the deep drops in temperature that we’ve been seeing this winter in the Greater Cincinnati area, it’s time to take a moment and consider the damage that can be done to your siding during the winter months. While you may already know to protect your plumbing, roof, and gutters, your siding can be exposed to unique risks during this season, and knowing what to look for can prepare you

When the temperature drops below freezing, your siding becomes vulnerable. If you have wooden siding, miniscule amounts of water can seep into the siding, which then expands when the temperature drops below the freezing point. That expansion then weakens the structural integrity of the wood in the siding. Over time, this causes cracking and breakage. If you have vinyl siding, water doesn’t post the same kind of danger, but the lower temperatures still cause the vinyl material to become brittle, cracking and breaking under the kinds of casual stress of wind damage that normally wouldn’t pose a risk.

To prevent this damage, maintain your siding with the correct stain or paint that’s properly rated for lower temperatures.This seals wooden siding from water penetration. For vinyl siding, keeping your gutters and lawn clear of debris ensures that when winds pick up, there’s less risk of that debris being blown into the siding damaging the brittle material. When the temperatures return to a warmer level, your siding will similarly rebound.

When the winter days have passed, remember that our pressure washing service is the best way to ensure your siding is kept at it’s best, leaving it bright and clean and ready for warmer days.