Vinyl siding gives homes the look and charm of traditional wood without the related issues of rotting, splitting, etc., making it the most popular siding on option on the market today. However, it’s important not to mistake “low-maintenance” with “no-maintenance,” as every type of siding requires at least some periodic upkeep to keep it looking and functioning its best. Before you start rethinking your siding purchase, don’t worry, the list is far from extensive. Get familiar with these easy cleaning and maintenance tips to keep your vinyl siding in good shape for years to come!
It’s important to keep trees and shrubbery that are close to your home under control so branches and limbs aren’t constantly rubbing against your siding. This can cause abrasions and the formation or widening of cracks. Keeping your landscaping neat and trimmed is the best way to prevent this kind of damage to your siding.
Before cleaning, walk around your house and visually inspect the siding. Vinyl siding will not rot, but it can mask moisture-related issues from another source. Look for any streaking or staining on the siding itself or on the foundation wall beneath it (inside your home). This can be a sign of a leak behind the vinyl siding, which can cause serious structural damage to your home. Staining or streaking accompanied by loose panels of siding is almost always an indication of a leak. In this case, it’s best to call a contractor right away.
Generally, vinyl siding requires cleaning only once or twice a year. It’s recommended that a soft cloth or ordinary soft-bristle brush be used in conjunction with a solution made of water and vinegar (other household cleaners can be used on tough dirt and stains). Another option is using a power washer. If you decide to go this route, make sure to aim the pressure water straight at eye level, not at an angle, so water is not driven behind the siding. For more information about cleaning your vinyl siding, click here.
The coloring in vinyl siding is not a surface material, rather it’s part of the material itself, so the color should remain vibrant for many years. However, if your siding begins to fade/chip after some time, or you simply decide you want a different color, painting it is an option. An adhesive primer and high quality acrylic paint are recommended for vinyl siding. Be aware that some manufacturers void the warranty on the siding after it’s painted, so it’s a good idea to check with them before you make the decision to paint.
General vinyl siding maintenance should not take more than a few hours a year, but those few hours are very important in keeping your home look its best. For siding that needs some serious TLC or to be completely replaced, consult with Blackstone Exteriors, your exterior construction experts!