As we approach winter in Minnesota and Wisconsin, forecasts predict a warmer season than usual due to El Nino. However, this doesn’t mean homeowners can skip out on preparing their homes for winter weather. Proper siding maintenance is an essential part of home preparation, especially in the face of unpredictable weather conditions.
Inspect Your Siding
The first step in winter siding maintenance is to inspect your siding for any signs of damage. Look for cracks, holes, and other signs of wear and tear. Pay special attention to areas where your siding meets your roof, windows, and doors, as these areas are prone to leaks.
Keep It Clean
Winter in the Midwest can be harsh, with heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures. Before the winter weather hits, it’s important to clean your siding thoroughly Remove any dirt, mold, or mildew that has accumulated over the year. This can be easily done with a pressure washer or a soft-bristled brush and a mild soap solution to clean your siding.
Repair and Replace Damaged Siding
If you find any damage during your inspection, it’s important to repair or replace the damaged siding before winter arrives. Damaged siding can allow moisture to penetrate your home, leading to mold, mildew, and other problems. Repairing or replacing damaged siding will protect your home and prevent costly repairs in the future. For larger repair or replacement jobs, we are just a call away.
Trim Trees and Shrubs
Trim any trees or shrubs that are close to your home’s siding. Heave snow and ice can cause branches to break and damage your siding. Trimming trees and shrubs will also prevent them from scratching your siding in windy weather.
Install a Gutter Guard
A gutter guard can prevent leaves, twigs, and other debris from clogging your gutters. Clogged gutters can cause water to back up and damage your siding.
By following these tips, you’re not just maintaining your home, you’re creating a warm, safe, and inviting space for your family to enjoy all winter long. The siding of your home is like a protective coat that shields you from the harsh winter elements, and a little care goes a long way in ensuring it continues to protect your home for years to come. At Weathersafe, we have years of experience helping homeowners restore their roofing and siding and understand the importance of a safe and comfortable home.
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