Protect Your Home Siding from Water Damage with These Tips

Siding and Water Damage

The risk for water damage to your siding is very high during the fall and winter. Protect it with these tips!

Siding functions as a protective barrier between your home and the outside world. Installed properly by a professional, this barrier helps to keep your home interior at a stable temperature and stops mold and mildew from penetrating into the structure. However, home siding does have a weakness – it is susceptible to water damage. With the fall in full swing and winter not far behind, it is imperative to review some basic things you can do to prevent water damage and extend the life of your home siding.

Trimming Plant Life

Landscaping is an important part of your home, improving the aesthetics and increasing curb appeal. However, when left unchecked, plants and trees can grow wild. This can compromise the integrity of your siding – plants release water vapor and this vapor can cause water damage and cracks if the plants are brushing up against the siding. Trim any close branches this fall so they rest a few inches away from your home.

Cleaning Gutters

Gutters are important pieces of your home exterior. They collect rainwater and redirect it away from the home. This is not only important for the health of your roofing, but for your siding as well. If leaves and other debris collect inside and clog your gutters, rain and melting snow water can splash over and spill onto your siding. Over time, this can have a serious impact on the health and efficiency of the siding. Make sure you set aside time to thoroughly clean your gutters. If you’re uncomfortable with this, consider having gutter guards installed.

Remove Snow and Ice Promptly

During the winter, additionally, pay close attention whenever snowstorms hit. Snow resting against siding can accelerate degradation and lead to significant water damage. It’s not necessary to clear snow from every nook and cranny of your property, but do your best to keep snow away from your home. Take care to be gentle with your shovel, as it can easily put dents and cracks in your home siding if you’re not careful.

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