Tips To Keep Your Vinyl Siding In Good Shape
Vinyl siding can be long-lasting, but it can get damaged from weather, and it can stain from mold and mildew. If you don't take care of your siding it can look unsightly over time. Vinyl siding is not cheap, so you may not be able to afford to change it every 5 years. Make your siding last 15-20 years or more by following the tips below.
Clean Your Siding
Clean mold and mildew off of your siding using a pressure washer or a garden hose and a brush along with vinyl siding cleaner. All of this buildup on your siding will stain it over time. These blemishes are not what you want to see on your home. Stains shouldn't be the first thing people see when they look at your home. Clean the siding in the spring and again in the fall. Test the cleaner in an inconspicuous area first to be sure it doesn't mar your siding, and use a soft-bristle brush to prevent scratches to your siding.
Cut Back Landscaping
Landscaping that is rubbing on your siding is going to scratch or stain your siding. Bushes, trees, plants, and other landscaping that is planted or growing too closely to your siding should be cut back or removed altogether. All landscaping should be planted no less than a foot away from your home. Trees should be planted even further away to prevent branches from scratching your siding.
Make Necessary Repairs
If you notice your siding slipping out of place or see a minor crack or hole in your siding, you should put your siding back into place and use silicone to make repairs to the siding to prevent those minor problems from worsening. Those cracks and holes are great places for pests (such as mice, ants, roaches, or termites) and water to get into, which can cause you further issues such as structural damage or internal mold/mildew growth.
Also be sure to seal around your doors and windows, as well as around trim work along your siding. Old caulk can crack over time, leaving spaces for water and pests to get into as well. Remove old caulk and apply new caulk to these areas. Be sure to use exterior caulk that can withstand the weather.
Vinyl siding can be very long-lasting and look great for years to come, but only if you take care of it. Keep your siding looking great by following the tips above. If your siding is in need of repairs or it's time to replace your siding, call a professional siding company such as Custom Siding & Window Solution for help.