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6 Maintenance Tips for Vinyl Siding
Siding makes up a significant portion of your home’s exterior. Due to its structural and aesthetic value, it requires regular upkeep. Modern vinyl siding offers the aesthetics of wood siding but without the need for regular maintenance. It’s also resistant to rotting, splitting, and insect infestation. Unlike other siding materials, vinyl requires only occasional cleaning with mild soap and water.
Here are six tips for keeping vinyl siding in top condition:
Clean your vinyl siding every six months to make sure it looks new and also lasts longer. All you just need a soft bristle brush and mild soap. Gently scrub the siding, then rinse the area with water using your garden hose.
You can also use a pressure washer to clean the siding but don’t forget to read the instructions. Spray at a 90-degree angle, so the pressure doesn’t break off the vinyl slabs.
Avoid harsh chemicals
Although effective cleaning agents, chemicals like liquid grease remover, undiluted bleach, and furniture cleaning agents can permanently damage vinyl siding. Do not use abrasive scrubbers as they can damage the siding surface too. Chemicals can fade colors and negatively impact the siding’s water-repellent quality.
Remove mold and mildew
Make sure you inspect the siding thoroughly to check for the presence of mold and mildew. Clean the surface before the infestation gets worse. Avoid using industrial cleaners. Instead, look for chemical-free solutions that are specially manufactured for vinyl surfaces. Alternatively, you can make a home-made cleaner by adding 1 cup vinegar to a gallon of water.
Repair cracks and holes
Gaps or cracks in the siding can let moisture into the walls, which can lead to problems with temperature regulation inside the house. If you leave it untreated, it may eventually lead to mold and rot, damaging the structural integrity of your home.
Avoid DIY painting
Many homeowners choose vinyl siding because they can paint it in various shades. However, sometimes painting the vinyl siding can null the manufacturer’s warranty.
A professional painter will clean and prime the siding surface and use vinyl-safe acrylic paint. However, for better aesthetics, it’s better to replace vinyl siding altogether when it gets old.
Keep barbeque grills at a safe distance
Although vinyl is a resilient material, it is susceptible to fire damage. Be careful not to place a barbeque grill too close to the siding. Maintain at least a safe distance of 10 feet to avoid melting and damage. Also, keep your grill on a stone or brick surface; it will ensure that shrubs don’t catch fire and damage your siding.
About Christopher Home Improvement
Regular siding care and maintenance prevent moisture and mold build-up in the walls, thereby significantly reducing the need for frequent repairs or replacement. Let Christopher Home Improvement be your one-stop shop for all your roofing and siding requirements. We have served the residents and businesses of Connecticut and Rhode Island for over 16 years. Call us at 877-334-4654 or fill our contact form to get a free roofing, siding, gutter, or window repair/installation estimate.
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