Winter, especially winter weather that is cold as well as wet, is very stressful for siding panels – whatever material your siding is made from, the constant exposure to low temperatures and excess moisture is difficult to endure. Here are some more details about how winter affects your siding:
- Water damage – the siding on your building does not attach perfectly to the walls, allowing moisture to accumulate between the wall and the siding panels and promoting the appearance of mold and mildew;
- The damage caused by winds – cold winds are also very frequent in winter and the strong gusts can easily get underneath your siding panels, breaking and ripping weakened panels;
- The damage caused by the cold – siding materials are developed to be able to endure extreme cold and heat, but even so, if the exposure to very low temperatures is prolonged, it can make the material more brittle and more sensitive to impact;
- The damaging effects of the freeze-thaw cycle – water expands by around 10% when it freezes. This means that if melted snow or cold, winter rain makes its way into the siding through a tiny, almost invisible hairline crack, the liquid can cause the crack to become much larger very quickly. It’s best as soon as Spring arrives to have siding replacement Lincoln NE contractors out to inspect and repair any damage incurred through the winter months.