Vinyl siding is long-lasting and a reasonably priced siding option for your home. It comes in a variety of styles that can mimic brick, wood, or cedar siding. If you have vinyl siding already, or even if you are considering having vinyl siding installed on your home, you should know how to take care of it to help lengthen the life of your siding and to keep it looking like new. Read on for a few tips to help you take care of your vinyl siding.
1. Pressure Wash To Clean
Your siding needs to be cleaned often to remove built-up dirt and mold/algae that has grown on the siding. If you begin to see dirt building up on your siding, spray it clean or use a siding cleaner to prevent it from staining your home. If all of your siding looks like it needs a good cleaning, use a pressure washer to clean the siding. The built-up dirt, and especially mold, can eventually stain the siding as well.
2. Make Repairs
If you see a small hole or crack in your siding, be sure to use silicone to fill these areas in to prevent them from getting even more damaged over time. With weather changes, tiny cracks and holes can worsen. These small holes and cracks can also be an entry point for pests such as insects to get into your home and create more damage to your home. If you have larger holes or cracks in your siding, you can replace these pieces of siding altogether, or you can make a patch using an extra piece of siding cut to about an inch larger than your hole or crack. Then use silicone and place the patch over the damaged area.
3. Watch For Sagging
Along with making repairs, you should inspect your siding for sagging or for issues such as pieces of siding sliding out of place or soffit/fascia pieces sagging. These issues can expose the house beneath and lead to water damage or other issues. Be sure to make repairs to these areas if you notice a problem.
The siding on your home should be cared for properly no matter what type you have in order to keep it up and prevent it from looking unsightly. If you have any issues with your vinyl siding, are in need of repairs or you are looking to have your vinyl siding replaced, hire a professional vinyl siding contractor for help.