Siding Installation and Weather

The siding on your home plays a big part in the curb appeal and functionality of your space. Good siding makes it easier for your home to maintain the desired temperature inside, keeps bad weather out, and prevents pests from entering the home. If your siding is damaged or needs to be replaced, it should be done ASAP so you’re not left unprotected. Even a short period of time without siding on all exterior walls of your home puts you at risk of water damage, pest invasions, and more. Let’s dig deeper to learn more about if siding can be installed during bad weather and how it’s done. 

Siding Installation in the Winter 

Siding installation in the winter is not ideal, to say the least. It’s recommended to wait for temperatures to be above 40 degrees before the siding is installed for multiple reasons. First, the bonding agents used with certain types of siding become less reliable in colder temperatures. Then there’s the issue of cold weather making certain materials shrink, such as vinyl siding. If the siding is installed in cold weather and then expands when the weather gets warm, it’s going to need to be repaired or redone entirely. There are types of temporary plastic sheeting materials that contractors recommend to homeowners who need siding during the winter. Those temporary materials are typically enough to get through towards the beginning of spring when temperatures are warmer. 

Siding Installation During Rain 

Siding can be installed when it’s raining, but most good contractors try to avoid it. If your home is protected enough to wait a few hours or days for clearer weather, it’s worth the wait! Installing siding in the rain puts your home at risk of having trapped moisture between the walls and the siding. That moisture can lead to rot, mold, and even warped siding. New siding is a major investment, so it’s silly to let a little rain put the integrity of the work at risk. 

Should You Install Your Own Siding? 

If you were wondering about the ability to install siding in the rain because you’re starting the project yourself, now would be a good time to reconsider. While some types of siding technically can be installed on your own, it’s not as simple as it seems. You need the right tools to get the job done safely and correctly. Certain materials, like fiber cement, take years of experience to learn how to install correctly. Hiring a contractor to install new siding is the best way to ensure the job will be done in a safe, efficient, and correct way, no matter what season it is. 

Contact K&B Home Remodelers today to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced siding contractors! Rather you need a small repair or a total replacement, our team has the tools and knowledge to get the job done. 

About Mike Damora

Mike Damora is vice president of sales and marketing at K&B Home Remodelers, in Randolph, N.J. You can follow him on Twitter @madamoracatch him on Drift.