By Kenny Jones and Charmaine Simmons
Vinyl siding is the top siding option in the United States for remodeling and new construction. Its popularity is primarily due to its upscale appearance, outstanding durability, easy upkeep and exceptional value.
Vinyl siding is not maintenance-free, but is definitely reduced maintenance. Here are a few tips to help keep your vinyl siding looking food for years to come.
- Wash it yearly. Siding accumulates dirt, grime and other stains throughout the year. It can also grow mold and mildew in damp, shady areas. To clean your siding, use a cloth or soft bristle brush starting at the bottom and working your way up to avoid streaking. There are several types of cleaning products you can purchase, but a homemade solution can work just as well. For a homemade solution mix the following ingredients: 1/3 cup powered laundry detergent, 2/3 cup powered household cleaner, 1 quart liquid laundry bleach and 1 gallon water. Be sure to cover any brick facing or landscaping so it’s not affected by the runoff. (vinylsiding.org) You can also pressure wash your home, but you have to do it carefully. You need to hold the power washer straight at eye level to keep it from going behind the siding.
- Don’t hit it. Be mindful where you park your lawn mower or bicycles. Vinyl siding won’t dent, but it can crack or break. If it does get damaged, be sure to replace it as soon as possible.
- Inspect it. Vinyl siding can conceal moisture-related issues, so checking to make sure there are no loose areas can help you spot small issues before they turn into larger problems.
- It can melt. Open flame can do a lot of damage to your vinyl siding. Keeping your grills at least 2-3 feet away from your home is a safe distance.
As you can see, vinyl siding is a low maintenance siding option. Doing these simple steps will keep your home looking like new for years to come.