Winters in Alberta are not easy on home siding. The freezing temperatures and ample snowfall can cause significant damage, leaving your home vulnerable to the elements.
Our Edmonton roofers at A. Clark Roofing & Siding recommend that you inspect your siding after and even during winter to make sure that it is still in adequate condition to keep moisture and drafts out of your home. Here are four common signs of winter siding damage to look out for:
Loose or missing panels
Winter storms with strong winds and heavy snow can cause siding panels to come loose or fall off entirely, especially if your siding is already old and worn. These sections are then left vulnerable to heat loss, cold infiltration, and moisture. After a storm, it is a good idea to walk around your home and inspect your siding.
Cracks and breaks
While you’re inspecting for loose or missing siding, you should keep your eyes open for any broken or cracked panels as well. These cracks and breaks will likely have been caused by freezing cold temperatures, which can make older siding brittle. Any cracked or broken siding will need to be replaced.
If you notice holes in your siding, there’s a chance that a small furry critter may have decided to take shelter from the cold inside your home. Getting your siding replaced is important if you want to stop welcoming mice and squirrels to overwinter with you.
Moisture damage is important to watch out for because it can quickly lead to leaks inside your home, as well as to significant structural damage. If your roof tends to form ice dams, then it’s likely that moisture is sitting behind your siding. Some common signs of moisture infiltration include warped panels, rotting panels, and early siding discolouration.
When Should I Have My Siding Repaired or Replaced?
Generally, the recommended time for siding installation and repair is in the fall. However, if you notice significant damage during or after winter, it’s best to get it fixed as soon as possible. Damaged siding can lead to high energy bills, leaks, and mould growth. Getting it repaired or replaced right away will protect you from any more winter weather and from spring and summer rains.
Trusted Edmonton Roofers Offering Siding Repairs and Replacement
At A. Clark Roofing & Siding LP., our Edmonton and Sherwood Park roofing contractors are available for siding repair and replacement any time of the year, whether you need it in the middle of winter or in the fall as a part of your home winterization. We’d be happy to take a look at your siding and let you know our recommendations for keeping your home dry and comfortable.