Winter storms, ice dams and freeze/thaw cycles can all contribute to damage to your home’s exteriors. Here’s how to recognize the signs of that damage and how you can prevent it. Partnering with a trusted roofer is always a good idea, especially in winter.
Whether you have vinyl, cedar, or fiber cement siding, cold temperatures, high winds, and blowing snow can loosen those panels and cause them to pull away from the structure. Have you noticed loosening or bulging siding? It’s important to have a professional repair or replace those areas immediately before your home is exposed to harsh elements. This will go a long way in protecting your biggest investment while improving curb appeal.
In winter, roof damage can often result from trapped water, icicles, ice dams, and strong winds. Be on the lookout for a weakened roof structure, discolorations and water stains on your ceilings, cracks, or sagging. If you spot these signs, a replacement may be in order. You can do your part to prevent ice dams by ensuring your attic isn’t too warm, and that can be achieved by adding plenty of ventilation.
Your foundation has a big role to play, which means you need to keep a close eye on it throughout the whole winter. Frost heaves can threaten the quality of your foundation, while small cracks in the concrete can allow for moisture infiltration. When that water freezes, this leads to cracks in the foundation and the potential for future structural issues. Moisture that is allowed to get in your foundation can lead to flooding come spring as well.
Your gutters are responsible for directing rainwater away from your home while preventing issues such as structural problems and foundation damage. Your gutters can be hampered by anything from icicles to snow to ice dams. If you see small cracks, mildew around the foundation, sagging gutters, or peeling paint, call a roofer for gutter repair or replacement. You may also need a good gutter cleaning to remove debris that has accumulated. Water that builds up in your gutters will freeze, become very heavy, and pull away from your siding.
Windows and Doors
If you see frost accumulating on your windows or doors this winter, check closely for water damage. Warping can result when that frost melts, as moisture settles into the trim, casings, or drywall.
Warping of your deck can occur with melting snow, salt and chemicals. In addition, ice accumulation can deepen deck fissures and even crack the boards. Be sure to stay on top of snow and ice removal to prevent buildup and damage to your deck – not to mention the increased risk of slips and falls.
Contact Allstar Construction for Home Improvements and Repairs
Have you spotted any concerning signs of winter damage to your roof, siding, or other home exteriors? We can fix it and let you in on some secrets to preventing that damage next time. Get a free online quote today!