Vinyl siding has come a long way from its humble origins as an ‘inferior’ material to aluminum. It’s now widely used in homes and commercial properties thanks to its exceptional weather resistance, innate durability and the plethora of styles and colors to choose from.
Although vinyl siding can withstand sudden temperature changes better than wood, it’s a different scenario during winter. Even the toughest materials have a difficult time during this trying season and vinyl is no exception. In this post, your local roofers and siding experts at Ken Morton Roofing & Siding shares maintenance tips to keep your vinyl siding in great shape during winter.
Keep the Surface Clean
You want to keep the surface of your vinyl siding clean and free of debris as the winter progresses. Leaves and twigs that end up on the siding will eventually generate moisture damage as it rots, which can quickly spread throughout its surface if left unaddressed.
Regular cleaning should be part of your winter siding maintenance, but it’s not something you should do every week. Giving it a good wash once every month is enough to keep it clean and dirt free.
Check for Existing Damage
Vinyl siding’s innate durability means it’s not always easy to tell if it’s suffering from problems, especially if these are within the structure itself. Rot damage is easy to spot but may also mean that the existing problem has been plaguing the siding for a long time.
We recommend you schedule an in-depth inspection of your siding before winter officially starts. That way, you have an idea if your house’s exterior covering has problem areas and you can address them before they become bigger problems in the future. Preventive maintenance will keep it in shape and even extend the time frame between siding replacement.
Unclog the Gutters
Clogged downspouts force water off the side of the gutters, which eventually end up on the siding and into the foundation. While vinyl siding can usually resist water damage, too much can prove troublesome and make existing problems worse. By keeping the gutters clean and free of debris, you ensure that your siding (and foundation) remains safe and dry.
At Ken Morton Roofing & Siding, you can count on us to help you keep your vinyl siding in good condition even in the trying conditions of winter. We are a local roofing company that’s always ready to help homeowners with their exterior maintenance and repair needs. Contact us at (856) 582-8800 to learn more or fill out our contact form. We offer siding replacement and maintenance in Pitman, NJ.