Fall Siding Maintenance Tips
When it comes to siding, there are many routes you can choose to take. There are lots of different types of siding to choose from, each having its own maintenance requirements. Vinyl is hands down the most popular siding and tends to set the standard regarding maintenance requirements. For example, vinyl is great because it does not require much work to keep clean.
Just like a roof or gutters, siding requires some maintenance from time to time. The fall season in particular is a rather important time to check in with your siding and make sure everything is okay before the cold months hit. Several months of a long and hot summer where the sun is constantly beaming down on a home can sometimes affect the exterior of a house. Here are some fall siding maintenance tips to help keep your siding in the best condition possible.
Home Siding Inspection
As mentioned before, the Fall is the ideal time to do a quick inspection of your siding’s current condition. While looking over your siding, it is important to inspect every panel. You will want to look for any signs of damage or missing parts. It is especially important to take note of the corners of your home since that is where damage tends to occur frequently.
Doing an annual inspection is important because it can help catch potential damage before it can become a larger issue. A damaged panel of siding can expose your home’s exterior to the elements and can lead to deterioration over time.
Complete Any Needed Repairs
If you do stumble across some damage during your inspection, it is important to have it repaired right away. Waiting until after winter to have it fixed will only increase the chances of greater damage occurring. In winter you risk ice or water being a threat to the rest of your home and siding if left damaged. It is also much easier to have siding repaired or installed during the Fall or warmer months.
At Presidential Exteriors we understand the importance of siding and can take on any sort of siding damage. All of our siding replacement and installation contractors work quickly to repair your home, shortening the time and minimizing the price of fixing any siding on a piece by piece basis.
Now that you know how to perform a yearly siding inspection and what warning signs to look for, here are some things you can do or avoid to help increase the lifespan of your siding.
Don’t Paint Over the Siding
While painting your home’s vinyl siding may seem like an easy way to vamp up your home, it is actually a really bad idea. Vinyl siding tends to expand and contract with the changing temperatures which can cause any exterior paint to crack or peel. While the paint may look good initially, you would actually be damaging the appearance of your home in the long run.
If having your home a specific color is of importance to you, it is recommended to stick with a quality premium colored vinyl. Premium vinyl maintains its color for years and keeps your home looking good as new. We offer a wide selection to choose from and there is something for everybody.
Don’t Use Harsh Chemicals
Vinyl still needs some cleaning from time to time if you want it to keep its pristine appearance. Over time dirt, dust, and even grass can stain or latch on to your siding. Having dirty siding not only decreases your home’s curb appeal, but it makes a home look more untidy in general.
Cleaning vinyl siding is not a huge deal as long as you do it properly. When cleaning vinyl it is important to not use any types of harsh chemicals. This includes any type of cleaner that contains bleach. Products like these can damage your siding by either stripping the paint or even damaging any type of existing waterproofing seals.
The safest and easiest way to go about cleaning your vinyl siding is to use warm water mixed with some soap or even a bit of vinegar. This method is just as effective and will not damage your siding the way other harsh chemicals would. It normally doesn’t take much to remove the common dirt or dust layer from a home’s vinyl siding.
Store Your Grill Away From Your Home
The summer months are notorious for outdoor barbeques. While keeping your grill closer to your home may be convenient, it can actually do a lot of damage to your home’s siding. To be safe, it is best to keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your house. Having a grill too close to your home can result in warping or melting vinyl siding. It is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to things like this.
Contact Presidential Exteriors for All Your Siding Needs
We are licensed to do work in DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. When we take on a job, we do it right. Our installers are extremely experienced in this field, always pursuing ongoing training. We also use award-winning products ensuring the finest quality of work. It is important to us that we keep our customers in the know with everything going on. Our customer-centric approach allows for open communication and you taking part in the process to guarantee a job well done to your specifications.
If you start to find cracks in your siding or some warping, we got you covered. We use the most respected product brands and offer a warranty as well. If you are ready to take the next step in transforming your home, contact us today for a quote!