There are sections of your house that may tend to go unnoticed when it comes to overall home maintenance, including your home’s siding. Most manufacturers design their sidings to withstand the harsh weather extremities, constant contact from low hanging branches and bushes, and even an occasional run-in with a stray soccer ball.
For homeowners without background knowledge in construction, siding is also referred to as wall cladding, which is the protective material fitted on the exterior side of the wall. Aside from their protective features, they can be customized to enhance the house or building's beauty. Several materials can be used for siding, with the most popular being wood, stucco, fiber cement, vinyl, and composite siding.
Regardless of the type of siding you use for your home, you need to give it the necessary attention through maintenance every so often. Here are a few tips to consider when doing maintenance on your sidings.
Maintaining Vinyl Siding
This siding option is designed to withstand the elements for a very long time. After installation, they generally need little to no attention at all when it comes to maintenance. However, if a section starts to separate, or one part falls off your home, it is advisable to get it fixed as soon as possible. Doing so can prevent further damage or even extra cost when it comes to total replacement. You also need to be aware to keep a distance when using items that can damage your vinyl; an example is constant exposure to heat from a barbeque stove.
We also recommend having your siding power washed regularly, especially after summer. You can choose to do it yourself, or you can hire a professional cleaning company's services. Pressure cleaning will help eliminate the accumulated dirt and even get rid of any insects and pests that may have been building a home within the ledges made in the stair steps. You should also occasionally dust your siding using a broom to get rid of the dust. Regularly cleaning will help give it a more polished look.
Over time the color on your siding may begin to fade. For vinyl siding, you need to use high-quality latex paint, preferably a bright color. If you do so, you will be able to prevent warping.
Wood Siding Maintenance
People living in the cold and wet climate regions may have to do maintenance more often than those in warmer regions. You can begin with regularly inspecting your siding for any signs of rot or attack from pests. Keep in mind that wood siding needs repainting at least every 2 to 5 years. To best protect, we recommend repainting right at the two-year mark. You should also use warm water with a cleaning solution to get rid of the accumulated dirt, mildew, and grime each season.
Stucco Siding Maintenance
Surprisingly, stucco siding is prone to damage from woodpeckers and also gets easily stained. You should carry out a routine check at least once or twice a year to check and remove any stains. You can use a degreaser or bleach to get the stains off, depending on the color of the stucco. You can also replace the damaged sections from woodpecker attacks.
Metal Siding Maintenance
You need to look out for any signs of rust for metal siding, scrape them off, and apply a sealant to prevent future rusting. These rusts result from scratches and even damages sustained from an external factor.
Most homeowners prefer to leave their metal siding bare. However, those opting for a paint job need to check in on the paint job constantly. Over time the paint may begin peeling off, requiring the owner to do a quality paint job to preserve the beauty of the siding.
Our experts at Alpha 1 Restorations encourage homeowners to power wash their metal siding at least once a year to remove any dirt or dust that may be logged within the ledges.
Fiber Cement Siding
This type of siding is made from a mixture of cement, sand, and cellulose fibers designed to look like a brick, stone, or wood, depending on the homeowner's desired features. They are generally easy to maintain, requiring an annual inspection to check for any damages.
This type of siding is resistant to pests' damage and can also withstand both high and very low temperatures without suffering any damage. A routine check will help you identify any signs of cracking, warping, mildew, and even damage to the paint. Clean the siding at least once a year by power washing. Use either a power washer or wipe down rising warm soapy water and rinse with water from a garden hose.
Alpha 1 Restorations is one of the best options when it comes to the maintenance of your siding. Contact us for more information on our restoration services.