How Winter Wears Down Siding: Planning 2023 Siding Repairs

calander Dec 30 , 2022 user-iconAnderson Painting

Winter can be tough on your siding. While winters in Raleigh, NC, are sometimes mild, even small bursts of cold temperatures, snowfall, and rain cause a lot of problems for siding. Paint can chip off prematurely when the temperature changes quickly, cracking from frigid temperatures can lead to water damage underneath, and windblown debris can scratch and scrape panels and boards.

If you want to keep your North Carolina property looking great year-round, it’s best to plan your siding repairs well in advance. Anderson Painting has been serving Raleigh homeowners and businesses since 2006. We've been providing award-winning, professional-grade painting, siding installation, and siding repair services for over a decade and a half!

Let’s explore what winter can do to your siding and how to start planning your 2023 siding repair or replacement projects.

The Purpose and Importance of Siding

Professionally installed siding on your home or business contributes to the overall value of your home and provides some level of protection from the elements. More specifically, siding:

1. Protects Against Water Damage

Siding is designed to keep water away from the property by virtue of its material composition, shape, angle, and protective coatings.

2. Completes the Look of Any Home or Building

Siding is the closest thing to you that your home or business has to a face – it completes the look of your home or business by matching its colors, texture, and aesthetic. And it's important that it looks great. No one wants to see a dilapidated siding job, no matter how good the rest of your property looks.

3. Provides Safety and Security

Having a professional-grade siding job done by highly trained, reputable, and well-respected tradesmen protects your family from mold and mildew, which can lead to respiratory issues or allergies. From siding installation to maintenance, our commercial and residential siding contractors are committed to ensuring your family, employees, and/or patrons are safe and healthy in all seasons.

4. Protects Your Property from Rough Weather

Siding protects against the weather in a very real way by deflecting the wind or keeping the rain off the windows. The wind that would otherwise blow through your home's interior can now be deflected away from doors and windows, keeping them dry and warm in any season.

5. Optimizes Energy Efficiency

Siding also features key insulative properties that reduce heat transfer, keeping your property cool in the summer and warm during winter without breaking the bank.

Damage Winter Can Do to Your Siding

Although winter in Raleigh, NC, can be relatively mild, it still is a difficult time of year for siding. The following are issues that can lead to damage to your home or business:

  • Chips and Cracks - Peeling paint, loose siding, and ice/snow damage are common issues during the winter, particularly in the Triangle area where we live in North Carolina. We work hard to prevent weather-related problems from occurring, but sometimes it does happen.

  • Water Damage - Even though your home's exterior is protected from rain, snow, and ice, water will always find its way indoors during a storm. When it does, it can cause water damage underneath the siding. This can lead to mold growth and eventually rot or wood rot if left unchecked.

  • Debris Damage - In a storm, twigs, branches, and other debris can blow off the trees and onto your home's exterior. If this happens, it can cause damage to your siding.

  • Damage from the Freeze/Thaw Cycle - During the winter, temperatures can change quickly in the Triangle area. When this happens, ice and snow that freezes during the night can refreeze as your home is heated in the morning. This will cause even more damage to your siding or other exterior parts of your house.

Can Siding be Done in the Winter?

The answer to the question above depends on where you live. In Raleigh, NC, the majority of winter isn’t ideal for siding projects due to cold conditions. Major siding repair and replacement projects often reduce your home’s insulation, meaning you’ll have a harder time staying warm and comfortable while contractors get to work. Likewise, contractors are at greater risk of injury and illness when working in freezing temperatures. Finally, siding materials are less flexible and therefore more difficult to install or repair when it’s cold out. For all these reasons, it’s better to repair siding in Raleigh, NC, during the spring, summer, and fall.

Plan Siding Repair Services for Spring/Summer 2023 Early

It might be too cold for siding projects right now, but odds are your siding will need some love once things warm back up. Planning your siding project early is key to avoiding costly damages and ensuring you receive the best residential or commercial siding services for the right price and according to your schedule. Book an early appointment with Anderson Painting to ensure you're in the books for siding repairs for the spring/summer of 2023.

Ask about what we can do to protect your siding this winter and prepare it for the year to come. And to learn more about us and the services we provide, call us at 919-610-1855 or email us at info@andersonpaintingnc.com today!


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