How To Keep Vinyl Siding From Melting In Hot Climates

You may have heard that vinyl siding can melt. First of all, it's important to note that this is a rare occurrence. Vinyl siding is generally fine, even in hot temperatures. It only starts to melt on the rare occasion that heat is reflected and concentrated on a specific part of the siding. Most people who have vinyl siding installed, even in hot climates, will never experience this issue. But still, it is wise to take some easy steps to help reduce the risk of having your vinyl siding melt in a hot place.

Choose a light color of vinyl.

If you're having new vinyl siding installed, try to choose a lighter color. Light colors absorb less heat and sunlight than dark colors, which means light-colored vinyl siding is less likely to melt. Most siding companies have lots and lots of light colors to choose from, so you shouldn't feel limited.

Put awnings over Low-E windows.

If you have Low-E windows on your home, you are at an increased risk of having your vinyl melt. These windows are specifically designed to reflect heat, and all of that heat might hit the vinyl and cause it to warp or melt. An easy solution is to put small awnings over any Low-E windows on the sunny side of your home. This way, most of the heat will hit the awning, which will reflect less of it than the window itself.

Put screens over your windows.

If you have removable window screens, make sure you put them in place before summer comes. The grid from the screen helps divide and scatter the sun and heat that hit the window. It then hits your siding in a less concentrated way, which makes the siding far less likely to melt.

Create shade in your yard.

The more shade you have in your yard, the cooler your siding will stay as a whole. The obvious way to create shade is to plant some trees. However, you could also install a fence, put up an outbuilding, or plant some hedges between your property and your neighbor's lot.

Vinyl siding only melts in rare situations. Follow the tips above, and it is unlikely this will happen to you. If you're still concerned, you can reach out to your siding company and ask them for some more specific tips and advice related to the exact siding you have on your home.

For more information, contact a local company, like J & T Siding, Inc.