If you have lived in Colorado for longer than a few weeks, you have likely experienced the joy that is our weather. While we do have our fair share of sunshine (think 300 days of sun a year), we all know that many of those days come with insane changes in temperature or precipitation. Sunny one minute then blizzardy snowstorm the next. With such mercurial changes, your vinyl siding can take a beating. Weather brings lots of other fun things that can wreak havoc on your siding, dust storms, high winds, and hail chief among them. When the storm passes, your siding could use a little TLC. Keep your home and your siding looking great with these tips from Airtight Exteriors, Lakewood’s Top Rated Local® siding contractor and installation professionals.

Keeping it Clean

Your siding will benefit from annual cleaning. Otherwise, things like dirt, mildew, and other unsightly types of grime can build up and diminish your curb appeal. While doing it yourself will undoubtedly take some time, it can be a worthwhile venture in the end. Here’s what you will need:

Bucket of warm, soapy water: Simply mix ½ cup trisodium phosphate (TSP) with 1 gallon of water. TSP is generally available at grocery, hardware, and home improvement stores.

A long-handled, soft bristle brush or a soft cloth: It is a good idea to divide your home’s exterior into 10-foot sections, working each section before you move on. Work from the bottom up to avoid streaking and make sure to rinse your chosen tool often.

Another Cleaning Option

Another option for keeping your siding looking great is the pressure washer. Keep the stream at eye level and pointed directly at the siding, rather than at an angle. Also, be cautious around windows, door frames, or plumbing connections.

Cleaning Products to Avoid

Not all cleaning products were created equal, and not all are beneficial for your siding. Try to avoid any products that contain organic solvents, undiluted chlorine bleach, furniture polish/cleaner, or products not designed for siding. Also, avoid abrasive scrubbers like steel wool as they can cause damage or make already damaged siding worse.

Inspect Siding for Damage

All siding is vulnerable to damage from inclement weather. Water filtration, hail damage and natural wear can make your home look and feel less than glorious. That’s why it is important to check your siding regularly for any damage. Look for chipped or peeling paint, cracked caulking, or places where the siding is pulling away from the house. If you find damage, it’s best to call a professional for repairs or replacement

Keeping your house’s siding clean equates to having a nicer looking home as well as extending the lifespan of your siding. We here at Airtight Exteriors offer vinyl siding installation as well as services for the Lakewood area. If you have any questions about your abode don’t hesitate to give us a call today!