As the snow and ice recede, it’s important to inspect your home’s exterior for signs of winter weather-related damage. We all know how harsh Minnesota winters can be, and unfortunately, all that wind and frozen water can wreak havoc on your home. At Keyprime Roofing, we know catching minor signs of damage as early as possible is your best bet for avoiding extensive (and expensive) home repairs, which makes a springtime inspection an absolute necessity. As you’re making your rounds around your property, keep an eye out for these four signs of siding damage:
Perhaps the easiest damage to locate is warping, which occurs as a result of moisture proliferation. If you aren’t familiar with the appearance of warped siding, keep an eye for drooping, sagging, buckling, and twisting as you circle your home. Peeling paint can also be a strong indication of water damage, but in some cases, paint deterioration occurs as a result of other factors.
If you locate any signs of moisture proliferation, be sure to contact a siding contractor to assess the extent of the damage. You never want to leave warped siding unrepaired as mold and mildew thrive in moist environments. These unwelcome growths can quickly take over your home exterior if you don’t have the damage repaired promptly.
Many types of wood siding have a coat of exterior lamination to protect the material underneath from moisture proliferation. Unfortunately, harsh winter weather can slowly wear away the siding’s protective outer coating, leaving the inner materials susceptible to rot.
If you notice peeling paint or areas of discoloration on your siding, those are strong indications of damage. To avoid more serious deterioration, have a siding company inspect the damage and replace the affected materials right away.
Cracks & Missing Chunks of Siding
Sudden temperature changes can cause expansion and contraction in some types of siding, and if any moisture has soaked into the material, cracks can become very pronounced. Heavy winter winds can also dislodge pieces of compromised siding because they’re already prone to detachment from water damage. When you can clearly see cracks in your siding or notice missing pieces of wood, it’s well past time to contact a siding contractor to schedule repairs or replacement.
Chips & Holes
We all know winds can get pretty fierce in Minnesota, and occasionally, intense wind can propel objects straight at the exterior of your home. When objects collide with your siding, if the impact is forceful enough, they can leave behind small chips if your siding is not flexible enough to absorb direct hits. You’ll most likely notice chips as small half circles, which are most easily seen when looking upward, from beneath each panel of siding.
During severe storms, flying debris and hail can even punch holes in your siding, which leaves the material open to water damage, deterioration, and rot. You already know what a hole looks like, so keep an eye out for small puncture wounds around the exterior of your home.
What are Your Options for New Siding Installation?
Once you’ve located signs of siding deterioration, you’ll need to contact a siding contractor to assess the extent of the damage. If you’ve had wood siding for years, it may time to consider longer-lasting options that are more weather and rot resistant. While wood has long been a go-to option, more recently, other types of longer-lasting siding have grown in popularity due to their superior longevity and weather resistance. Consider these alternatives to wood siding:
● Steel siding. Steel is super durable, though during severe storms, it may be susceptible to dents if winds speeds are high enough to stir up debris. On average, steel siding has a lifespan of around 40 years with very little maintenance.
● Fiber cement siding. If you’re looking for superior durability and longevity, fiber cement is a great choice. It’s super low maintenance and can last up to 50 years; plus, it’s not as prone to denting as other types of siding.
● Engineered wood siding. If you love the look of wood but hate the heavy maintenance, engineered wood a great option. Unlike traditional wood, engineered wood is rot and termite resistant, and it has an impressive lifespan of about 30 years.
● Vinyl siding. Vinyl siding tends to be popular among homeowners for its relatively low cost and durability. It’s also very low maintenance and lasts between 20 and 40 years.
Need Siding Contractors? Contact Keyprime Roofing Today
At Keyprime Roofing, we’re more than just a roofing company; we’re a full-service home exterior remodeling company, too. We take pride in helping homeowners throughout the Twin Cities metro with a variety of remodeling projects, including roofing installation, new siding, gutter installation, insulation and much more. All of our contractors are licensed, bonded, and fully insured, so when you partner with our team for your remodeling project, you can rest assured we’ll do the job right the first time.
To learn more about our home remodeling services or to schedule an appointment, give our team a call at 952-426-0132 or send us a message on our contact page.