For remodeling and new construction, vinyl siding is the top siding option. Its popularity is mainly due to its upscale appearance, excellent longevity, easy maintenance, and exceptional value. Vinyl siding is not maintenance-free, but maintenance is definitely minimized. In fact, vinyl is a very cost-effective and reliable form of exterior siding. Here are 5 top tips, for maintaining your vinyl siding, for years to come.
Wash It Often
Gunk, dirt, and other stains can collect, on your vinyl siding, throughout the entire year. Mildew and mold may also develop. Use a cloth,to clean the siding. You should begin at the bottom. In order to avoid streaking, work your way up. Then, rinse back down from top to bottom, with a garden hose. There are several types of cleaning products you can buy, such as Soft Scrub, ®Ajax, and Bon Ami, ®. They are useful for hard-to-remove dirt and stains, such as soil, motor oil, pencil, felt-tip pen, grass, mold, and mildew. Avoid using cleaners containing organic solvents or other aggressive components. This includes nail polish remover, liquid grease remover, strong soaps, detergents, and chlorine bleach. They may affect the appearance of the vinyl, on the surface. Again, rinse the area with water, after cleaning. Be sure to cover any brick or landscaping, so that the runoff does not affect it. You can also rinse your home, under pressure, but you must do it carefully.
Inspect It Often
Vinyl siding does not rot wood. However,it can hide problems related to moisture. This build-up of moisture is often caused by another source. Rotten wood may go unnoticed, especially if a leak is hidden behind the vinyl siding for a long time. This is in itself resistant to decay. Any suspicious streaks or stains that appear, on the vinyl or under the exposed foundation wall should be investigated. This is a warning that you have hidden trouble. The nails or screws, which secure the siding to the wall, in rotted wood, can lose their holding power. Another warning sign of rotted wood is in areas where the siding is loose. To make sure there are no cracks or breaks, it may be a good idea to inspect your vinyl. This is something you should do, at least every 6 months.
The color of vinyl siding can fade over time. If it has been a couple of years and you want a fresh, new look, consider painting your vinyl siding. Vinyl siding should never be painted with a dark, heat-absorbing color. This is because, if it is exposed to a lot of sunlight, it will draw in the sun’s heat. This will, unfortunately, cause the vinyl siding to warp and sag. For best results, you should stick with a reflective white, gray, pale yellow, or some other hue. Also, good-quality exterior latex paint is an excellent choice, if you ever decide to paint your siding.
Be Careful Not to Melt It
Vinyl is slow to burn and has a low melting point. You should never place your gas grills close to your siding, when cooking. It will cause a large, melted patch on the wall later. Keep the grill a safe distance away, which is about 2-3 feet away, from the vinyl siding. Also, be careful with patio torches and any other intense heat sources. Additionally, always keep in mind that repetitive impact of lawnmowers or other heavy duty products, will damage or melt your siding.
Don’t Crack It
Park your vehicles and other heavy duty products, a good distance away from your vinyl siding. If not,they will put either a huge or small crack or dent in it. If you happen to crack it,replace your siding as soon as possible.