Vinyl siding is such a ubiquitous material in suburban neighborhoods because it offers an easygoing appearance at a very reasonable cost. But especially if the winters you get are cold enough to keep ice frozen for the bulk of the season, taking measures to protect your siding from the elements is essential to prevent steep and unexpected repair costs. To protect your home's vinyl siding from ice damage during the winter, use these three tips.
Search For Cracks In The Siding Surrounding Your Window Frames
While ice damage on the exterior of your siding is still important to deal with, ice damage in the interior is a much bigger threat. This is because once a lot of water seeps into a crack and gets solidified into ice, it'll be almost impossible to detect until it's too late.
Since one of the easiest ways for rainfall to get under your siding is through the relatively exposed flanks of the siding sections around your window frames, it's important to inspect the borders of your frames with a flashlight before winter begins in earnest. If you find a crack, patch it with some caulk from your local hardware store.
Remove Icicles Before They Get Big Enough To Bend The Siding
As long as your siding is relatively new, it'll be able to support small icicles hanging off of it without a problem. But the older your siding is and the longer the icicles have to grow, the more likely it is that some sections will start bending under the weight.
Even a small bend that's barely visible is often forceful enough to cause the edges of a section to pop out of the wall, creating holes that water can seep through. So before you forget about the task, immediately brush off any nascent icicles you see with either a broom or a gloved hand.
Temporarily Seal Holes Caused By Buckled Siding With Duct Tape
For the same reason that a bent siding section is a problem, a siding section that's buckled because something or someone crashed into it is a major liability come wintertime. Until you can either get a repairman on the scene or muster the tools for a full DIY job, cover any open holes exposed on the buckled siding with duct tape. While the tape won't last forever, it should prevent all but the most furious rainfall from penetrating the holes and causing even more catastrophic damage. Make sure to call a company like Bramble Builders, Inc soon so the siding can be repaired.