Siding experts often talk about siding through colder seasons. During winter, it’s important to have insulated siding and a tough seal to ensure that no cold air seeps into the house. However, winter is not the only season that needs to be taken into account when it comes to your siding. Warmer temperatures and rainy weather can have an effect on your siding as well. As temperatures start to rise and we move further into spring towards summer, how will your home siding be affected? Will it stand up to the heat, or is it time for a new siding installation? It’s best to find out before summer arrives.
How affected your siding is by the heat often depends on the siding material. Some vinyl siding, for instance, can become susceptible to buckling or even melting in the heat. It can become warped and loose, pulling away from the house. This is why it’s important for vinyl siding installation to be done in such a way to allow it to expand and contract with temperatures so as to prevent warping and buckling.
Another thing to consider in warmer, sunnier months is fading. Often, the color of siding can fade in direct sunlight. With wood siding, this may be easy to repaint. Vinyl siding would require paint with acrylic in order to stick to the smooth material. In metal siding, occasionally paint will start to bubble and peel as a response to hot, sunny weather.
You should also consider the R-value of your siding. While insulation is mostly important in winter to ensure that none of the heat from inside the home leaks out, if your siding conducts too much heatinto the home during warmer months, you may end up with a stuffy home. If this is true of your siding, you may want a new siding installation before summer hits.
Most siding materials are not damaged by rain, though they might be damaged by accompanying hail or debris. In this case, it’s wood siding that you may have to worry about. Wood siding can soften and swell when damaged by rain and improperly sealed. In summer months, the combination of damp and heat can even create rot. However, even with water-resistant siding materials, you want to make sure the siding installation is done to give the home a tight seal. Otherwise, water may leak in between the siding boards and damage the installation of the home.
So, with all these seasonal threats, what siding can you trust to stand up to the weather year round? Composite siding made from LP Smartside could be an excellent option. This siding is made with wood strands coated in a resin binder for extra strength. The result is siding that has the look and texture of wood but is resistant to rotting, warping, or swelling. It comes in a number of vibrant colors which are fade resistant, but can be repainted with acrylic paint if you so choose. And when the colder months return, LP Smartside is a strong insulator, allowing your home to stay warm and cozy.
If you’re worried that your siding won’t hold up to warmer weather or you’ve had problems with it in the past, contact Homesealed Exteriors to set up a siding installation. We offer LP Smartside composite siding as well as high quality vinyl siding from Mastic siding that won’t rot, warp, crack, or split. We’ll help you find siding for your home that will last through any season for decades.