Vinyl siding is a popular option for the exterior of your home. It’s cost-effective and pretty low maintenance, and it’s been growing in popularity. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 1 in 3 newly constructed homes in the country had vinyl siding in 2012, and the trend continues to this day.
“Low-maintenance” doesn’t mean “no maintenance” though. If you want your siding to keep looking great and last a long time, you should follow these few simple tips. Read on to learn what they are!
1. Clean Vinyl Siding Once a Year
One of the great things about vinyl siding is that you don’t have to worry about painting it. You choose a color for your siding and the vinyl it’s made of is one color all the way through. That means the color won’t ever flake off as paint might in some cases.
Cleaning your siding once a year is essential to keep it looking nice. Luckily, it’s something that is simple enough that you can do it yourself! All you need is a garden hose, a sponge or two, and a soft-bristled brush with an extendable handle (like you’d use to wash your car.)
2. Make a Plan
When cleaning your siding, it’s best to try and stay out of direct sunlight. Try to start on the shady side of the house. Doing this will keep the cleaning solution from drying before you have a chance to rinse.
For cleaning each section, start at the bottom and work your way up a few rows at a time. This will help avoid streaks. If there are any areas that need special attention, apply your cleaning solution to these areas and let it soak a little first before scrubbing.
3. Rinse Correctly
A proper rinse is very important when cleaning vinyl siding. You only need a garden hose to clean vinyl siding, but if you prefer to use a power washer, you can, but only on a very low setting. You want to be careful to rinse properly because improper rinsing can result in water getting beneath the siding.
If the pressure is too high, or the stream too direct, you could force water underneath the siding, which can lead to rot, mold, and other problems. When rinsing, angle the stream downward, never upward.
Keep Your House Looking Great for a Long Time
The yearly chore of cleaning your vinyl siding may take some time, but it’s essential if you want to keep your home looking nice for years to come. Since you have to clean all the siding, it’s also a great time to inspect it for any holes or cracks. These can let in water and insects which can lead to damage inside your home.
If you do notice any holes or cracks, call a siding contractor and get them repaired as soon as possible to keep your home in tip-top shape!
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