We all want to spend the entire winter hibernating. We’d like to stay inside and drink hot chocolate rather than spend too much time out in the bitter cold. But if you ignore what’s going on outside your home, you may end up paying for it down the road. Winter weather and other things can damage your home’s exterior and three months is a long time to not pay attention to what’s going on outside. You should do everything you can to winterize your home, and a big part of that is inspecting your exterior siding. If your siding has been damaged this winter, or if you think you need better siding, Good Guys Contracting can install the most durable siding available.
Good Guys Contracting and James Hardie Siding Protect Your Home
That’s because Good Guys is a James Hardie Preferred Remodeler. This makes us Long Island’s expert installer of this durable fiber cement product. In order to become a James Hardie contractor, we have to undergo training from James Hardie to learn their best practices, which means we know how to protect your home from the elements in the winter. The first step is to always make certain that your home’s exterior isn’t damaged. So let’s take a look at what you should focus on when you inspect your home exterior.
Old Man Winter and Your Home’s Siding
The first thing you should look for is any obvious damage to your siding. Are there any obvious cracks or openings? If you have vinyl siding, has it become warped? If you have wooden siding, has the wood broken? Is there peeling paint?
If you have any of these problems, it’s very likely an indication that you have the wrong kind of siding. James Hardie siding doesn’t warp like vinyl. Vinyl siding can crack in winter. According to the James Hardie website, winter conditions such as hail storms can cause cracks in siding. Unlike wood siding, Hardie Siding provides a durable finish. It comes with 50 percent more coats than the average house painter and the finish is cured in a controlled environment to avoid chipping, peeling and cracking.
Once you’ve done an initial inspection, it’s time to take a closer look. Check for signs of moisture damage. If there are cracks or openings moisture can come in, which is why it’s a good idea to do an inspection after a blizzard or major snow fall. Are nails, rusty, damaged or missing? Does it look like siding has shifted? If you have wooden siding, be careful of damage from insects and creatures like woodpeckers. They can do extensive damage to wood siding and allow moisture to get inside or you could have a pest infestation.
Good Guys Contracting Can Give You Durable Siding
If you’re concerned about moisture seeping into your home or if you want durable siding that will protect your home and ease your winter worries, Good Guys Contracting can install your James Hardie siding. We will explain every aspect of the job to you and you’ll have siding that’s specially engineered to stand up to Long Island’s worst winter weather. Contact Good Guys today.