Installing a siding and rainscreen is a significant investment in your property. Your thermally modified siding and rainscreen are modified to withstand the harsh winter weather. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t require any maintenance: You will need to keep them in good shape during the winter season. The tips below will guide you on winter maintenance for your siding and rainscreen:
Inspect your siding and rainscreen regularly
Inspect your siding and rainscreen at least once a season, or more often if you live in an area with extreme weather conditions. Look for holes, cracks, or other damage that can allow water or pests into your home. If possible, you can seek professional inspections once in a while.
Keep your siding and rainscreen clean
Keeping your siding and rainscreen clean throughout the winter is very important. Not only will this help improve the appearance of your home, but it will also help prevent the build-up of dirt or debris that could potentially damage your siding or rainscreen.
Repair any damage immediately
If you find any damage to your thermally modified siding or rainscreen, repair it as soon as possible. Water can cause serious damage in a short amount of time, so it’s important to nip any problems in the bud. You must ensure the structural stability of your exterior siding and rainscreen throughout winter.
Be prepared for bad weather
If you know a snowstorm or other severe weather is coming, take some time to prepare your home. Shovel snow away from the building’s foundation, and if possible, put up a temporary barrier (such as sandbags) to prevent water from seeping in.
Check for leaks
Leaks can occur at any time, but they’re more likely to happen in the winter when the temperature changes can result in expansion and contraction in your home’s materials. Check for leaks around windows, doors, and other potential problem areas.
Keep an eye on your landscaping
Your landscaping can help or hurt the thermally modified siding and rainscreen. Ensure you trim trees and shrubs away from your house, as they can cause damage if they rub against the siding. Also, be careful when planting anything close to your foundation because roots can grow into the cracks and cause problems.
Remove snow and ice promptly
Snow and ice can easily cause damage to your siding and rainscreen, so it’s important to remove them promptly. Use a soft brush to gently remove snow and ice, being careful not to damage your siding or rainscreen in the process.
Hire a professional
If you’re not comfortable inspecting and maintaining your siding and rainscreen, hire a professional to do it for you. They have the experience and knowledge to spot problems that you may not be able to see, and they can make any necessary repairs before they become serious issues.
Following these simple tips on winter maintenance for your siding and rainscreen can help protect your siding and rainscreen from damage. If you need a new high-quality thermally modified siding and rainscreen ahead of the winter, contact Sherwood Lumber. Our Americana siding and rainscreen can cruise you through the winter without any hectic maintenance measures.