How to Protect Your Siding from Moisture

protect your siding from moisture

Keeping some space between your bushes and your siding will allow for better airflow.

Fall and winter (and summer and spring, for that matter) in the Mid-Atlantic can be a pretty wet season. Modern siding materials and systems are much better at keeping water away from your home and drying out than their predecessors, but they could always use a little help. Here are a few tips for keeping harmful moisture away from your siding.

Cut Back Plants

Any plants that sit too close to your home can be a problem since plants need water and are a natural home for bugs. Cutting back just a few inches is enough to keep water away from your home and allow for better air flow, which is important for drying your house after it rains.

Raise It Up

If you’re considering a new home or replacing your siding make sure there is enough space between the last row of siding and the ground. Six to eight inches should be enough to keep rain from splashing up and getting behind your siding. If the siding is too close to the ground it’s easy for water, insects, and even rodents to get behind the siding and into your home.

Keep It Clean

Keep all leaves and yard debris from piling up against your house, especially in the fall and winter. Any amount of yard debris can hold moisture and become a home for insects. If this sits next to your house, it becomes a bridge for the moisture or insects to get under your siding and into the wood behind it.  

Let Schaefer Siding and Exteriors Install Your New Siding

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