It’s chilly in your house, even for Winter. Yet, you keep turning up the heat, so you inspect your roof. It appears to be undamaged, so what’s causing this chaos?
It could be your siding.
Winters in West Michigan throw a lot of harsh elements at your siding, which can put your whole house in worse condition.
Vinyl and Wood Siding
When temperatures are freezing, the particles in vinyl paint contract and become brittle. It’s likely to crack if it gets hit with flying debris; then, if snow falls in the cracks, it will freeze and expand the gaps in a cycle.
Once it starts to warm up, the vinyl particles expand. Panels may warp or split, allowing snow and ice to seep in. Then, water could dissolve the wood underlayer and cause rotting, a ticket for a moldy home. So, at this point, you should hire a contractor for repairs.
Houses in West Michigan have to endure extremely harsh winds in the winter. They shoot up the sides and can loosen the panels, letting moisture in the openings. Additionally, your insulation could become exposed, which leads to a freezing house, higher energy bills, and water damage.
Dents and Holes
Winter weather hazards can cause flying debris to put holes and dents in your siding. While dents are only nasty for curb appeal and home value, holes are another risk for cold air, increased utility bills, and water damage.
Contact Town Corners for a FREE estimate for new siding installation when you see cracking, warping, splitting, loosening, dents, and holes!
Damaged Siding On Your House & Chimney: What It Looks Like & When To Replace It
Fire hazards, high energy costs, and structural damage are risks of neglected siding. But did you know you should inspect it twice a year? Follow this guide to recognize damage to the siding on your house, chimney and even fireplace.
Avoid These Risks:
Forgetting to inspect your siding welcomes a range of consequences — from peeling indoor wallpaper to life-threatening fire hazards. Damage to the siding on your chimney or fireplace can cause carbon dioxide poisoning to everyone in your home!
On the less extreme, you risk structural and water damage. These aren’t fun to deal with. You may even start to see your energy bills go up.
Causes of Damage
Please don’t feel bad; it’s common to experience siding damage. It’s often due to improper installation of the water barrier, causing moisture, or the siding itself. Sometimes pests are the culprits, like termites and woodpeckers.
Remember forgetting to inspect is another major cause of damage, when a simple problem is allowed to go unnoticed, it becomes a bigger problem down the road!
Signs of Bad Siding
Some of the adverse events mentioned above are warning signals of damage to your siding: higher utility bills, water stains, wet spots, and the presence of pests. Additional signs of wear on your house from siding damage include:
As previously mentioned, damaged siding to your fireplace and chimney is an urgent issue. The following are additional problems to look out for:
If you spot any of these warning signals, get your FREE inspection ASAP! Also, keep maintaining the siding on your chimney and house to feel safe in your home.