Vinyl siding is very popular thanks to its durability, affordability, and the many versatile colors and styles it comes in. While vinyl siding is a low maintenance siding option, it does require some routine care from homeowners in order to ensure it continues to function well and look great for many years to come. Here are four tips for maintaining your vinyl siding:
Have Repairs Made Quickly
After a big storm or in extreme temperatures, vinyl siding can crack, warp, or break in places. If you notice any damage to your vinyl siding it is important to call a repair company right away. They will be able to fix the area that is damaged before it becomes more serious, and before the damaged siding leads to any water damage to your home.
Clean Your Gutters
There is a direct relationship between how clean your gutters are and how long your vinyl siding will last. Clean gutters redirect rainwater from your home, including the siding, which prevents serious water damage. You can hire professionals to come clean your gutters each fall and spring, or clean them yourself if you don't mind getting up on the ladder.
Clean Your Siding
Vinyl siding can get dirty over time, due to the exposure to the elements. Once a year or so, it's a good idea to clean your vinyl siding with vinyl siding cleaner from a home improvement store, plenty of water, and a soft-bristled scrub brush. Alternatively, you can make your own vinyl siding cleaner by diluting laundry detergent with plenty of water. Another option for cleaning your vinyl siding is to rent, buy, or borrow a power washer, which will allow you to clean other areas of your home's exterior (like the porch) at the same time.
Protect Your Siding
While generally quite durable, vinyl siding can become damaged if it is not protected from certain events. Be sure to instruct your family, especially children and teens, to never hit the siding when parking their bikes or using a lawn mower. Outdoor grills should be kept away from the side of your house, as high heat can warp vinyl siding. Finally, you can protect your vinyl siding by regularly trimming your trees, to prevent branches from scraping against your home and damaging the siding, which would then require siding repair.
By following these tips, you will ensure that your home's vinyl siding looks new and lasts for as long as possible.