If you have had siding recently installed—congratulations! Your home is probably looking great and you have increased the resale value as well! Now you want to make sure you maintain that great new siding with proper maintenance. We will go through the different types of siding materials we offer here at Airtight Exteriors, and how to best care for each one. With proper care, your siding will look beautiful for years to come!
Your new vinyl siding is great because it is very low-maintenance and easy to care for. Probably the number one rule with vinyl siding is—don’t paint it! With all of the great colors that vinyl siding comes in these days, there should be no need for a color change, but paint does not adhere well to vinyl and will end up peeling off. Aside from the no-painting rule, you should also stay away from harsh chemicals when cleaning your vinyl siding. While dirt, grass, and pollen can build up on your siding, the best way to start cleaning your vinyl siding is with a mild cleanser and your hose. You should also be careful to avoid steel wool, wire brushes, or scrapers, all of which can scratch, discolor, or even puncture your siding. Use a soft cloth, and some elbow grease, to get your siding really clean. And while some jobs may require the use of a pressure washer, you need to be extremely careful when applying high pressure water to your vinyl siding. Keep the water stream straight to the siding because spraying at an angle can force water behind the siding, which is the last thing you want. The last word of advice for maintaining your vinyl siding is to keep your grill at a distance—the heat can melt your siding and result in needed repairs.
Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber cement siding is another great choice for a long-lasting and low-maintenance siding material. The curing process that fiber cement goes through makes it very resistant to moisture, breaking, and cracking. Fiber cement siding can stand up to wind, storms, and hail, but it can use some regular maintenance to keep it at optimal performance. While this siding is very moisture-resistant, it is the areas where it joins windows, doors, and brick or stone facades that need to be attended to. Inspecting this caulk annually, and looking for any gaps or cracks, is important to ensuring your siding stays weathertight. Repairing these areas with a little caulk is usually all that is needed, but if you think you need more extensive caulking repair, call us! Like vinyl siding, using a hose and gentle cleanser is the best option for cleaning dirt off of the surface of fiber cement siding.
LP SmartSide® Siding
If you have chosen the environmentally-conscious LP SmartSide siding, you have added the beauty of wood to your home. But this is not your traditional wood siding, because LP SmartSide combines wood strands with resin binders to create siding that has superior strength, rot-resistance, and durability. Use a soft brush or cloth and a mild cleanser to gently clean dirt and debris off of the surface of your LP SmartSide siding. Never use harsh chemicals, abrasive brushes, or pressure washers on this siding; doing so may damage the surface or cause discoloration. Regularly doing a light cleaning of your siding will eliminate the need to do more heavy-duty cleaning. If you do not clean your siding it could become susceptible to mold or mildew, this can be prevented with a solution of 75% water to 25% vinegar to remove any traces of either.
New siding always adds value and beauty to your home and helps withstand harsh weather. However, you should take good care of your siding with periodic maintenance to ensure that your siding stays durable and beautiful for years to come. Follow these tips to keep your siding looking great, and if you need any maintenance assistance, or siding installation in Lakewood, call Airtight Exteriors today!