Siding is also known as wall cladding, is designed to protect a house or building from being damaged by external factors such as rain, snow, heat, cold, and the sun. Siding can be found attached to the exterior side of the walls. Outside of being the first line of defense against the elements, siding also creates a comfortable and stable environment on the inside of a home or building. There are many different types of sidings on the market. You have some that are natural and some that are artificial. There is also decorative siding available that can make a home or building’s beauty more enhanced. Every type of wall requires siding including masonry walls and internal framed walls that are made wood or steel.
Siding also protects a structure from mold and mildew. There is one weakness that siding has and that weakness is that it is very susceptible to water damage. So homeowners have to prepare for the fall and winter months in order to protect their siding from water damage so the life of the siding can be extended.
Ways To Protect Your Siding From Water Damage
One way that a homeowner or business owner can protect their siding is to make sure that the landscaping or lawn is kept up. Having a good lawn is important to the curb appeal of a home or business but it is just as important when it comes to maintaining siding. If plants and trees are growing wild and brushing up against the siding of a or business this can cause the cracking of the siding. The cracking occurs because plants and trees release water vapor. So it is very important that homeowners and business owners keep any plant or tree branches trimmed so they are a few inches away from the home or business.
Keep Gutters Clean
Gutters serve many different purposes in a home or business. The gutters are the collecting system and redirection system for rain. When the gutters collect and redirect rain they are protecting the roof and the siding. If the gutters are not cleaned and free of leaves and debris this can cause rainwater to splash or spill onto the siding and damage the siding. This is why it is important to clean your gutters on a routine basis and you also have the option of getting gutter guards installed.
Always Remove Snow And Ice
Home and business owners have to always pay close attention to the siding during the winter months. The reason why it is important for home and business owners to pay close attention during the winter months is that snow and ice build-up on the siding can cause degradation in the siding and major water damage. This is why it is important to monitor the buildup of snow and ice on your home or business during the winter months and keep it as clear as possible. These are the main ways that home and business owners can protect their siding and make sure that the siding has a long life span.