Siding provides your home with curb appeal and protection from the elements. To ensure your siding looks its best and performs well over time, it needs proper maintenance. The necessary maintenance depends upon the type of siding you have. The following tips will help you keep your siding beautiful and functional for years to come.
Always wear protective eyewear, clothing, and gloves if using cleaning solutions, stains, or other chemicals. Remember to follow the manufacturer’s cleaning guidelines so that you don’t void your warranty.
Vinyl siding is an economical, low-maintenance siding that works on any home. It’s available in a multitude of colors and textures. Because it is so affordable, many homeowners choose vinyl when they wish to give their home a facelift.
Spray siding with a hose or pressure washer annually to get rid of dirt, mildew, mold, stains, and any insects that may have made homes in crevices. Check for damage from lawnmowers, toys, edgers, or other items. In some cases, damage can be patched. Call us for guidance.
Brick is classically elegant and energy-efficient. It requires very little maintenance. Monitor the mortar for deterioration. Every five to 10 years, you may need to replace mortar to prevent indoor leaks.
Once a year, use a hose to wash down the brick. Monitor shaded areas for mold or mildew growth. If you do notice mold, use a solution of one gallon of water to one cup of bleach and scrub the area with a bristle brush (not wire). Rinse well. Protect any nearby landscaping from the bleach solution.
Many homeowners love the appeal of natural wood siding. However, wood can be more maintenance-intensive than other types of siding materials. Wood requires fresh coats of stain or paint every five years to keep rot away. If you use a sealant, it should be reapplied every two years.
To clean wood siding annually, use a soft-bristled brush and water. You can use a one part bleach to four parts water solution to clean mold or mildew, but follow your manufacturer’s instructions for best results.
Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber cement siding can mimic the look of wood, stone, or brick. It is long-lasting and extremely low maintenance. Fiber cement is resistant to mold and mildew.
Fiber cement siding should be cleaned with a power washer or hose every few years. Repainting needs to be done every five to ten years.
Steel siding is durable and versatile. It is available in a variety of textures and colors. It is virtually maintenance-free.
If you feel your siding needs cleaning, simply use a hose to clean it off once a year.
Do you have questions about your home’s siding? Considering new siding? Contact Quality Homes of Rochester to talk to one of our siding professionals!