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5 Signs of Winter Home Damage

What to look for and how to repair destruction from Old Man Winter.

Watch for these signs of winter home damage to protect your biggest investment.

Snow, ice, and freezing temperatures can take a costly toll on the exterior of your home. In fact, national losses from winter home damage caused $1 billion in 2016. Now that the harsh winter weather is behind us, it’s time to inspect what Old Man Winter has left behind. Doing so can help you protect your home and prevent unnecessary expenses down the road. Here are five signs of winter home damage that may require repair or replacement services: 

1. Siding Damage

Whether you have vinyl, aluminum, or cedar siding, extreme winter temperatures and blowing snow may cause it to loosen and pull away from your home’s structure. If you notice bulging or loosening siding, call a professional to repair or replace it. You will not only protect your biggest investment, but also improve your curb appeal.

Interested in new siding? Check out our photo guide to exterior siding options here.

2. Roof Damage

Trapped water, icicles, strong winds, and ice dams can all lead to roof damage in the winter. If you notice a weakened roof structure, discoloration on your ceilings, cracks, or sagging after winter, it may be time for you to replace your roof. Take a look at our handy Post-Winter Roof Replacement Guide with recommended first steps you can take.

3. Foundation Damage

Unfortunately, frost heaves can easily hinder your home’s foundation. Small cracks in the concrete can cause winter home damage from moisture infiltration. When this moisture freezes, your foundation can crack and lead to future structural issues.

Learn more about which foundation cracks require help from a pro.

4. Gutter Damage

Your gutters are designed to direct rainwater away from your home and prevent issues such as foundation damage and structural problems. Icicles, snow, and ice dams can damage your gutter system and prevent it from performing its job effectively. If you notice small cracks, signs of mildew around your home’s foundation, peeling paint or sagging gutters, it may be time for gutter repair or replacement.

Check out these 6 common gutter replacement signs.

5. Windows and Door Damage

If frost appeared on your windows or doors this winter season, inspect them closely for water damage. When the frost melts, moisture can settle into the casings, trim, or drywall and cause warping. Talk to our window and door sales team today about protecting your home from winter home damage with replacement windows by Renewal by Andersen® and ProVia® doors.

Check out these welcoming front door ideas for inspiration.

Now that you know the types of winter home damage to look for, carefully check the outside of your property to identify any areas that may need to be repaired or replaced. Would you like a professional opinion? Contact our Madison-area home remodeling experts online, visit our Waunakee showroom, or call us at 608-709-7517 today.

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