The beginning of a new year is a great time to give your home exterior some consideration. Whether it’s planning a different look and replacing your siding or simply changing the landscape to make your space more vibrant, there are a few things to remember while you plan.
Vinyl siding doesn’t typically dent but it can definitely crack. This is usually caused by extreme weather, such as hail, pounding into it or large objects crashing against it. Try not to store heavy items near your home siding – if a storm produces enough wind, it can send that object careening straight into it. If you have to store such items, try and secure them with cables or weights so they remain stationary during seasonal weather. There isn’t much one can do about Mother Nature so be sure to check on the outside of your home after large storms. By noticing cracks early on, you can have that small section or board replaced and lessen the risk of water seeping into your home’s structure.
Landscaping can make a yard look phenomenal but take care to leave room between the shrubs and your home. Tree branches and shrubs can scratch at your siding, marring the finish and causing damage that can decrease your home’s protection over time.
Many people use portable heaters in garages or seasonal areas during the winter but be cautious when operating them. Vinyl siding can melt so keep all heat sources a good distance away. Torches, heat lamps, DIY equipment – anything that gives off heat can cause damage. This is especially true in the summer with barbecue grills as well.
If you do notice any damage to your siding, whether it’s you or a home exterior professional, have that section repaired as soon as possible to reduce the risk of larger problems occurring down the line.
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