How To Properly Maintain Vinyl Siding
Vinyl siding is a common replacement for traditional wooden siding, and provides a similar aesthetic with the benefits of being rot, warping, and pest free. However, like all other parts of your house, vinyl siding still requires regular maintenance to stay in good condition. If you take proper care of your vinyl siding, you can extend it's lifespan, saving you money in the long run by reducing how often you have to replace your siding.
Proper Maintenance of Vinyl Siding
- Inspection: In order to keep your siding in the best condition possible, it's necessary to check on its condition regularly. Once a month, take a walk around of your house, and look for any places where the siding has become damaged or dirty so you can deal with the issue before it progresses.
- Cleaning: You can clean dirt and grime off of vinyl siding either by using a soft brush, or by using a power washer. Be sure to start from the top and work your way down so that the water does not get trapped between the siding and the house itself, as it can rot away at your drywall and insulation. Be sure to check with the manufacturer of the siding itself to determine the proper PSI to be used with your siding.
- Mold Removal: Though made out of plastic, it is still possible for mold to grow on vinyl siding. This commonly happens in cool, damp areas, so regular inspection can help mold from gaining a foothold on your siding. If mold does appear, it can be cleaned off with a mixture of half warm water and half vinegar, which does not contain any chemicals and will not damage your siding. Avoid using chemical cleaners, as these can stain your siding.
- Prevent Staining: When exposed to chemicals, vinyl siding can stain or discolor, which can ruin the aesthetic of your home. In order to prevent this from happening, avoid using chemicals around your siding. If you spray pesticides or herbicides on your lawn, be sure to cover up your siding with a tarp to limit exposure.
- Prevent Heat Damage: High levels of heat can melt or discolor your vinyl siding. Avoid using heat sources, like barbecues and fireplaces, near your siding, and be sure to check to see if anything is reflecting or concentrating sunlight onto the siding. If this does occur (usually through a window or a car mirror or the like) a strategically placed plant can usually solve the problem.
For further assistance, contact professionals, such as those from Stark Siding Inc.