Good ole’ Kentucky Winters
When it goes from very cold one day, to milder- almost warm even- temperatures the next (basically exactly how winter works in Kentucky), this can cause exterior paint to literally peel right off your house. Cycles of freezing and thawing mean expansion and contraction. This cycle is damaging to both your exterior paint and your siding.
The exterior paint is your home’s first defense against the damaging effects of winter. As we go through the cycle of freezing and thawing, the wood (or other material) under the paint expands and contracts. This means the bond between the paint and the surface is weakened, resulting in chips or cracks in the paint. When the paint is weakened, or compromised- so is its ability to protect your home against damage. Even with the tiniest of cracks in the paint, this gives moisture an entryway into your home. When there are more or bigger cracks, this causes an increased likelihood of water damage as we enter into spring.
When the expansion and contraction occur and moisture is let in, the damage isn’t only to your paint. Your siding may be expanding and contracting as well, and you could experience cracked, shattered or warped siding depending on the material. Fiber Cement is much more brittle than other materials and is susceptible to cracking when water penetrates the material and expands. Vinyl siding expands significantly as the temperatures change. If it is not loosely installed, allowing for movement, it is highly likely to crack through the winter. If you have traditional wood siding, you could see warping, twisting or splits due to moisture. Calling a professional to evaluate your home, replace your siding or give your home a new coat of paint could prevent further damages to your home.
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