Is your siding well maintained and ready to face the seasons? It's important to keep an eye on your siding materials so that they stay clean — and so you can swiftly repair any damage and increase the lifespan of your siding. Take a look at the best maintenance steps for these four common siding materials.
Vinyl siding is designed to be durable, but maintenance is still important. A power washing every year or so is a good idea to remove built-up dust and debris. If vinyl siding was improperly installed, pieces might come loose during windstorms. You must replace these vinyl boards quickly before moisture seeps past your siding.
Also, inferior vinyl siding may crack in the cold or melt and warp in the summer heat. This is a reason why you should seriously consider replacing your siding with a superior vinyl product that does not have these problems.
Wood siding can be very beautiful, but it's also very high maintenance. Every few years, you should pressure wash the siding on a low-pressure setting and treat it with protective coatings to avoid damage. In particularly wet or stormy climates, you may have to do this much more often.
It's also important to watch for any signs of damage, such as rot, insect activity, old warping boards, and other problems. You need to replace this type of damage very quickly with new wood siding before the issue spreads around your house. Keeping wood siding away from leaves and debris is also important, so make sure to keep trees and shrubs away from your home for best results.
Fiber Cement is known for being one of the most durable types of siding around. However, it can still get dirty over time, especially when rain mixes with dust build-up in the fall. Washing it regularly is vital, but the good news is that fiber cement is easily strong enough to withstand power washing, so you don't have to worry as much about potential damage. If you live in a particularly wet area, it's also a good idea to keep an eye on the fiber cement boards and see if any mildew is starting to form; you will need to scrub this away before it becomes a more serious problem.
Aluminum and Other Metals
Metal siding is typically protected from corrosion via coatings. However, over time (and in particularly harsh conditions), even this metal can start to rust. It's important to watch for signs of rust on the edges of your siding (including the white residue that aluminum produces). If your metal siding is painted, look for signs of chipping or peeling paint, which probably means that you need to remove the old layer of paint and add a new durable paint with a sealant layer for added protection.
Is it time for you to take care of your siding or other important house maintenance tasks? Get your spring project planned today by calling us at Wayne Overhead Door Sales and Home Improvement.