How do I maintain my home siding?
Did you know that your home's siding can last anywhere between 25 and 50 years, or even more?
Adversely, are you aware that not caring for and maintaining your siding can cause its lifespan to be cut very short?
It's true. Anyone who thinks that siding can simply hang beautifully on a home's exterior walls for centuries to come better think again. To keep your siding looking nice and to get the most life and best protection out of it-and likewise, get the most bang for your buck-there are some simple maintenance tips to keep in mind.
Keep your siding clean.
And there are certain messes that can show up on your siding that you'll want to take care of more immediately, like tree sap, bird droppings, or the occasional egg yolk. These can cause more serious damage to your paint or protective coating if left untreated, which can lead to a domino effect of damage down the road. If the hose and power washer don't get them off, there are special solvents you can find at any home improvement store to help get the job done.
Cleaning your siding isn't a monthly task, but it's best to shine it up every couple years. Not only will this keep it free of buildup that can lead to damage, but it'll also help ensure that your home is the best looking one on the block.
Keep your siding looking its best.
Other siding like vinyl and metal isn't usually painted, but there are more recent developments in paint that give you the option to paint these types of siding if you prefer. If not, you can apply treatments to protect its color, which act similarly to sunscreen for your home.
Keep your siding in good repair.
If some of your vinyl siding gets loose in a windstorm, get it reattached. If parts of your wood siding are beginning to rot, replace them with new pieces and protect it with sealant and paint. If your aluminum siding is bent or dented, fix it or replace the damaged sections. And if you have steel siding that's starting to rust, clear the rust off and reseal the bare metal.
It's a good idea to frequently survey your home's siding for minor damages and take care of them quickly. Leaving small blemishes like these can lead to major damage and expensive repairs.
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