How to Maintain Vinyl Siding

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.

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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.

Source: http://www.almanac.com/content/maintaining-your-vinyl-siding; www.vinylsiding.org.

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30 thoughts on “How to Maintain Vinyl Siding

  1. Thank you so much for talking about how it is important to make sure you keep your grills away from your siding since it can melt. I can see that taking the time to understand this can help you make sure you avoid making unnecessary purchases and make sure your siding lasts. As I see it, taking the time to consult with a professional can help you find the best material for your type of climate and help you make sure your home is protected and well insulated.

  2. I like that you made the suggestion that you should wash your vinyl siding at least every year to keep it clean as well as prevent mold growth, which can be very expensive to fix depending on how long and fast its been there growing. My husband and I just moved into a home that has vinyl siding so this was good to know. We’ll be sure to wash the home every summer to prevent any unwanted things from growing in the siding.

  3. I really like your tip about washing it yearly when it comes to the siding of your home. We have been thinking about getting some new siding for a while now. Our current setup is looking pretty old so I think something new would be good. We will have to keep these tips in mind, thank you for sharing!

  4. I’m building a house and want to install vinyl sliding in it. I didn’t realize that vinyl sliding could melt by having your grill or something like that too close to it. I will make sure to set all things that have to do with fire away from it so it lasts longer.

  5. I have always wondered how to maintain siding after it is installed. I had no idea that you should wash it yearly to prevent mold and mildew. I always thought that you could leave siding alone and it would be fine. Thanks for the information, we will have to start cleaning ours.

  6. My husband and I have lived in this house for years, and I don’t think we have ever cleaned the siding. Now that I think about it, it’s not nearly as white as it used to be. They are much more gray now, they need a good washing! I’m going to make some calls and have someone come down and clean them up.

  7. I’m getting the outside of my house done and am going to put in vinyl siding. Thanks for the advice about maintaining the siding in good condition. I’ll make sure that we don’t put our grill near the house so that we don’t melt the plastic. Now I just have to find somebody to come in and put the siding on my house.

  8. I really appreciate your tip about keeping flames away from vinyl, seeing as that it can melt. We have been thinking about redoing the siding on our home and we have a patio with a grill close to the house. We will have to be sure to make sure that we move it out of the way if that is the option we go with, thanks.

  9. So I would have never thought that you should wash your vinyl siding yearly. I mean if there was a gross spot I could reach I’d probably take care of it, but not the whole thing. Though it makes sense that it would make it last longer and make it look nicer. Also the tip of keeping the grill a few feet away from the house was a good one. Thanks for the info!

  10. I just got some vinyl siding installed, and I want to make sure it stays in good shape over the Winter. That being said, I really appreciate you talking about this and giving me some insight on ways I can go about keeping it in good shape. I’ll make sure I follow what you talked about and see how it helps. Thanks a ton for the help Kenny and Charmaine.

  11. I love the look of vinyl siding, but mine always seems dirty. I wasn’t sure how to clean it, so I have learned a lot here, including a great mixture for soap. Do you really wash it from bottom to top? If so I am sure there is a reason why, it just seems counter productive.

    • Jason, it does sound counter productive, and if your siding is not that dirty you can certainly start at the top and work down. However if your siding is really dirty, or has green mildew and mold on it that is common in shady areas, and you start at the top the cleaning solution will run down through the dirty siding below and leave streaks that are hard to get rid of. If you clean with a brush from the bottom up and then spray it with water from the top down, you get the best results. Or you can go the easy way and hire a professional to do it for you:) Thanks for your comment, John

  12. Thanks for the tips. I’m glad you pointed out that I should be careful with the pressure washer angle. I probably would’ve trapped moisture. My house looks a lot cleaner now. Thanks.

  13. I like the very obvious but not commonly followed suggestion NOT to hit the vinyl siding. You would be surprised at how many times my wife or myself and hit it when backing the trailer to the side of the house. In addition, I probably should clean it off to, every now and then with my industrial grade hose. My thanks to the author for taking the time to put this up!

  14. I had no idea that vinyl siding can melt. My grill is probably about 3 feet away from my house at the most, but I’ve never noticed it melting or warping when I grill. I guess it is just barely out of range, but I’ll make sure to move it a bit farther away next time just to be sure.

  15. I really like your tip to wash the vinyl siding. It’s sounds really simple, but it can really make the siding stay looking new for longer. It’s not too hard to wash it yearly.

  16. My husband and I recently moved to a home and we have really enjoyed it. A few days ago, a big storm hit and tore off a lot of the siding that was on our home. I wanted to make some changes to the exterior of the house and this has given me an excuse to do so! We have been looking into vinyl quite a bit so these tips will definitely come in handy. Thank you for the information and insights.

  17. I took the “stick it and forget it” approach to my vinyl siding. Since I installed it 5 years ago, I haven’t performed any maintenance. After reading this, I’ve decided to spray down my siding with a power washer to help it stay looking new.

  18. These are some great tips, and I appreciate your advice to inspect your siding regularly. If left unattended, small problems can turn into bigger, more expensive ones. It’s definitely a better idea to prevent the worsening of these instead. How frequently do you suggest looking over your siding?

  19. I have a lot of vinyl siding on my home, and I have been wondering how I can maintain it better. My siding gets dirty pretty quickly and it puts a damper on the overall atmosphere of my home. I appreciate all of these helpful maintenance tips, I hadn’t considered how grills can effect siding like this. I will definitely keep this in mind, thank you!

  20. I’ve become a real believer in vinyl siding, so I appreciate the maintenance tips. I hadn’t thought about washing it, but that makes sense. I’ll have to try your solution. Is there a time of year when this is most important–spring cleaning, for example–or is it just something I should make into a habit?

    • Spring is a great time to clean vinyl siding as it can get quite dirty over the winter. Usually once a year is fine for keeping your vinyl siding looking like new.

  21. My wife and I just got vinyl siding on our home last year, and we are already noticing that it is starting to loose its color. It makes sense though, because we haven’t really taken the time to wash it down really well. You did say to was it yearly, so maybe once we wash it, it’ll look a lot better. I’ll make sure I try this right away, thanks for the help.

  22. It’s a good idea for homeowners to understand what they need to upkeep their house. Vinyl siding looks really good as long as it’s well maintained. Washing it yearly is really important because that’s how it keeps looking new and fresh. You can do it with all your other spring cleaning items.

  23. I have a weird problem with washing things regularly, but I will take your advice to heart and take care of our siding as best as I can. We just moved in to this new house and I know that my wife is going to hound me to keep it clean! Thanks a bunch for the other pieces of advice too, to keep things from cracking or scuffing it.

  24. Thanks for sharing this advice on maintaining vinyl siding in your home. I have actually been thinking of getting vinyl siding for my home, but I am not sure whether or not I could maintain it well. However, it seems like vinyl is pretty easy to maintain! It sounds like I might be able to take care of it with little to no problem!

  25. I have been thinking about replacing the siding on my home for a while, and when I do, I would really like to keep it in good condition. I think that the best way to do this is probably by washing it and being careful around it. Then I won’t have to worry about dirt accumulation or getting it cracked. Every once in a while, I will also try to inspect it more carefully to be sure that nothing is coming off or that there aren’t any other issues. Thank you for the great post!

  26. I didn’t know it was important to wash the vinyl siding yearly. It is good to know that a home made cleaning solution is enough. This is another chore that I have to add to the yearly to do list. I am happy to do it for a better looking house. Thanks for sharing.

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