Many homeowners select vinyl siding due to its longevity, beauty, and minimal maintenance costs. Vinyl siding can last for decades, but only if it is taken care of correctly. Check out our best tips on how to maintain your siding so it remains in good condition and lasts for a long time.
Don’t just rely on the rain to wash off surface dirt. Grime, stains, mildew, mold, and residues can set into the siding if left on the surface. So you want to perform periodic cleanings to prevent these problems from ruining your siding.
Before cleaning the siding, you want to protect plants and shrubbery from any chemicals and soaps that you use. Cover them up with tarps, plastic sheets, or even an old sheet. You can use regular household products, such as bleach or vinegar, that are diluted with water to clean the siding. There are also vinyl cleaning products to use. Always consult the vinyl siding manufacturer regarding the proper cleaning products to use.
Place on protective gear and use a cleaning rag or soft bristle brush to apply the cleaner. Avoid using any hard brushes as you don’t want to damage the siding’s surface. Then, wash the cleaner away with clean water.
Once the siding is clean, perform a visual inspection of the siding panels. You want to take note of any cracks, holes, or splitting. These problems could indicate water penetration, insect infestations, or structural damage. If the siding panels are cracked, broken, or have become brittle from age, replace them immediately.
Minimize Heat Exposure
Excess heat may cause the siding to warp, deform, or crack. Move any outdoor grills, smokers, and other flammable materials away from the siding when they are in use. Place the items away in a safe location and never keep the items near plants or shrubbery that may be near the house. Any sparks or cinders blown in the wind could catch dry shrubbery or plants on fire along the house. So be mindful about using anything flammable nearby.
Call a Professional for Siding Services
Vinyl siding doesn’t last forever. In time, it reaches the end of its product lifecycle. If your siding needs to be replaced or repaired, contact a professional. They can inspect your siding for problems and offer a range of vinyl product options that are suitable for your home. Learn more about how to maintain your siding, and what siding services are available, by contacting Brandstetter’s KangaRoof.