Top 4 Reasons to Repair Siding and Trim Before Winter

calander Oct 22 , 2022 user-iconAnderson Painting
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Residents of Raleigh, NC enjoy mild winters, but temperatures can still dip pretty low in this region during winter’s peak (there’s the occasional snowfall, too). These conditions may be months away, but their arrival will throw a wrench in any exterior renovations you plan on tackling, including siding and trim repair. Indeed, if your home’s siding requires attention, you won’t want to wait until winter to address these concerns. In fact, the sooner you tackle siding and trim repairs, the better. Here are four crucial reasons to repair or replace your siding and trim before winter rears its chilly head.

Four Reasons to Repair Siding and Trim Before Winter

1. Winter Weather Will Worsen Siding Problems

Your home’s siding and trim are susceptible to damage from any number of environmental threats, including wind, moisture, pests, temperature fluctuations, and so on. Over time, even the sturdiest exterior surfaces are bound to crack, chip, warp, or otherwise begin to fall apart. If you don’t fix these issues promptly, the environment will take a further toll on your siding and trim – moisture, for instance, will make its way into every nook and cranny it can find in your home’s exterior, eventually leeching inside. Even if Raleigh winters aren’t particularly harsh, the cold air, snow, and ice can exacerbate existing exterior damages throughout the season so that by the time spring rolls around you’ll have to invest in major repairs or a full siding replacement. It goes without saying that the cost to replace siding or trim far exceeds the cost to make minor repairs before winter.

2. Outdoor Projects and Cold Air Don’t Mix

Taking care of trim and siding repair prior to winter is also a matter of practicality. In most cases, cold temperatures, snow, and other winter conditions make outdoor projects uncomfortable, if not entirely impractical. Even if your siding and trim repair project isn’t too complex and outdoor conditions are mild, low temperatures can cause your siding and trim to contract and become more rigid. This lack of flexibility makes repair work harder to pull off, forcing you or your contractors to spend more time outdoors when conditions aren’t ideal. For these reasons, it’s best to tackle siding and trim projects during the spring, summer, or fall.

3. Keep Your Home Well-Insulated

No matter the season, maintaining a comfortable internal climate is a priority for most homeowners. In addition to maintaining a functional HVAC system, proper climate control relies on adequate insulation. The condition of your home’s siding significantly affects your home’s overall insulation – if your siding is cracked, riddled with holes, or falling off, it’s much easier for the outside air to infiltrate your walls. To avoid winter drafts, make sure your home’s siding and trim are secure well before the cold temperatures set in. And if you’re in need of trim or siding replacement, you’ll want to get a big head start on this project.

4. Keep Energy Costs Low

Siding damage can result in significant energy bill increases over time, especially during summer and winter when external temperatures are far above or below your internal target. As such, this final reason to tackle home siding repair before winter stems directly from the one above. Improving your home’s insulation makes your home more energy-efficient. After all, when air cannot easily transfer between your interior and the outside, less energy is required to maintain a comfortable temperature and humidity level inside your home. By tackling these projects prior to winter, you’ll save money all season long and beyond, all while staying comfortable within your walls.

Don’t Wait to Fortify Your Siding and Trim

There’s no telling what winter will bring Raleigh, NC this year. Still, it’s best to prepare for the worst winter conditions by fixing up your siding and trim well before the cold season enters – and the experts at Anderson Painting are here to help you do just that. If you have questions or concerns regarding your property’s exterior, call today at 919-610-1855 or email us at!

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