Replacing the siding on your home can make a drastic impact and make the exterior of your home look infinitely better. Many people opt to go with vinyl siding for a number of reasons-- it doesn't rot like wood siding, is not prone to fading, never needs to be repainted, and it is long lasting. But, while vinyl siding is known for being low-maintenance, that doesn't mean that it doesn't need to be properly cared for. Taking several steps will help ensure that the vinyl siding on your home lasts for as long as possible. If you have recently installed vinyl siding or plan to do so soon, use the following tips to take care of it:
Know When to Clean It
When you have vinyl siding on your home, you do not need to spend your valuable free time cleaning it on a regular basis. But, it is highly recommended to clean the siding annually to remove dust, debris, and anything else that has built up on the surface of the siding. To clean the siding on your home, gather a bucket of water, a mild soap/detergent, your hose, a scrub bush and a sponge. Clean the surface with soapy water and then spray the siding with your hose until all of the water runs clear.
Keep Trees, Shrubs, and Bushes Trimmed
While vinyl siding will never rot like wood siding can, it is possible for vinyl siding to develop cracks. If cracks form, it is often because of something rubbing up against the siding. One easy way to avoid damage to your vinyl siding is by keeping all of your trees, bushes, and shrubs properly trimmed so their branches and thorns do not make contact with the siding.
Do Regular Inspections
As a homeowner, take the time to walk around the exterior of your house and check out the condition of your vinyl siding from time to time. As the vinyl siding ages, you may see wear and tear or damage to a panel caused by a storm. If you notice a small area of siding that needs attention, have it repaired or replaced promptly. When your vinyl siding becomes noticeably faded or you see that multiple areas are becoming loose or cracking, that is often a sign that the siding has reached the end of its lifespan and should be replaced with new siding in a timely manner.
Contact a siding service for more help.