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Posted 01/25/2023 by Ontario Siding & Gutters

Protecting Your Home from Winter Siding Problems


Protecting Your Home from Winter Siding Problems

As the winter season approaches, it’s important to make sure your home is well-protected against any potential siding problems. In Canada, certain weather conditions can cause significant damage to your home’s exterior, so it’s important to be aware of what you should look for and how to prevent any issues from occurring. This blog will provide an overview of five common winter siding problems you should look out for this winter.

  1. Ice Dams: Ice dams form on the edges of roofs when snow melts and then re-freezes. They create a barrier that blocks water from properly draining off of your roof, which can cause water to pool up in areas around the gutters and siding, resulting in leaks or rotting wood. To avoid ice dams, ensure that your attic is properly insulated and ventilated to reduce heat buildup on the roof. You should also clear away debris from gutters and downspouts regularly so that water can drain properly.
  2. Expansion & Contraction: If temperatures fluctuate significantly during the winter months, it could lead to expansion or contraction of vinyl or wood siding—which can cause cracking or warping of materials. To prevent this issue from occurring, install insulated siding that helps minimize temperature fluctuations and movement in the material caused by extreme weather conditions.
  3. Sun Damage: Although the sun doesn’t shine as brightly during the winter months as it does during summertime, UV rays are still strong enough to fade paint colors over time if they are not protected with a quality coating product like a primer sealer or protective topcoat finish before being exposed to sunlight. Applying a coat of paint every two years (or more frequently depending on manufacturer recommendations) will help keep your home looking new year-round regardless of how much sun exposure it receives each day.

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