Low temperatures and freezing precipitation adversely affect your vinyl siding. Due to its chemical makeup, vinyl is sensitive to temperature changes. It faces more challenges in areas that often see low temperatures and high winds.
Below-Freezing Temperatures Make Vinyl Siding Brittle
Like any plastic product, vinyl is sensitive to temperature changes. In below-freezing temperatures, it often becomes brittle and tough. It becomes easier for the boards to become cracked or damaged. Vinyl contracts in cold temperatures, causing issues when the weather warms back up.
Strong Winds Damage Vinyl Pieces
Blown off siding can happen to any poorly nailed siding. Vinyl is particularly lightweight, which makes it easier for sections to pull off. Often this occurs when the installer nailed the pieces in too tight. So, when temperatures rise, the siding buckles and pulls away from the side of your home.
A good installer knows how to leave enough space to allow for expansion. You can also perform a seasonal inspection of your home’s siding. It will reveal buckling, rippling and distorted siding. Get your siding contractor to do a replacement or siding repair before bad weather starts.
Fiber Cement Siding Is a Viable Alternative to Vinyl
Fiber cement siding offers a nice substitute for standard vinyl siding. A mixture of wood fibers, cement and silica, this product has better durability. It doesn’t have the same problems with expansion and contraction as plastic. It also deals well with moisture in snowy climates. You can add insulation to improve your home’s energy profile.
Twin Cities Siding Professionals provides expert siding installation for your home. We only install siding from America’s number one siding brand, James Hardie®. You can count on us for quality goods and services. We offer new installations and repair in the Twin Cities, MN. Call us at (651) 967-0873 for consultation.