5 WINTER SIDING PROBLEMS TO LOOK FOR THIS WINTER

January 5, 2021 By

Most homeowners don’t think about winter causing specific problems with their home’s exterior. However, if winter where you live comes along with severe weather conditions ― as it often does in Maryland ― it can have damaging effects to your home’s siding.

You don’t have to worry, though. With this guide, you can learn the signs of damaged siding and look for them during the winter. Even better, Potomac View Energy is here to help with all your siding needs all year long.

1. Holes and Dents

Winter’s ice storms and powerful winds can send debris flying into your siding, leaving visible damage like holes and dents. If not repaired, these seemingly cosmetic issues can lead to other issues with your home. Holes can allow cold air and moisture to enter your home, while dents can be an eyesore.

2. Water Penetration

Melted ice and snow can be dangerous for your siding during the winter. If water seeps into the cracks of your home’s siding, it may lead to long-term structural issues. To prevent this, look for large amounts of snow and ice buildup in your gutter that could potentially melt and seep into siding. Make sure you also check for potential water damage caused by consistent winter exposure.

3. Cracks

Another sign the harsh winter weather has damaged your siding is cracking. Different siding materials can withstand cold temperatures and severe winter weather better than others. If your siding material isn’t suited for harsh winters, the environment will take its toll on the material. If you’re not sure if your siding can withstand winter, we can help you determine that, and recommend the right replacement siding material for you.

4. Missing Siding Pieces

Missing panels are probably the most obvious sign that your siding can’t withstand winter. Strong winter winds can cause siding to become loose and even fall off. It’s crucial to get this fixed, because missing siding pieces can leave your house vulnerable to permanent issues along with rotting and termite/insect infestations.

5. Rotting

Consistent moisture exposure from snow and ice can lead to rotting. You can catch rotting before it’s too late by looking for brittle siding pieces with deep cracks. Moisture damage can also lead to fungal decay and ruin the durability and aesthetics of your home’s siding.

By spotting these five signs early, you can reach out to Potomac View Energy for siding replacement services. We’ll help you choose siding that will be able to hold up against the winter weather so you can prevent future siding damage. To set up an appointment, call us at 410-795-3110.