While maintaining the siding of your home is essential for its optimal performance, upkeep isn’t always easy to execute. Renovation Team, your local home improvement contractor, lends a helping hand by sharing siding maintenance tips for different types of siding material.
In general, vinyl siding is durable and can be left alone. However, it needs to be cleaned regularly as dust tends to accumulate on its surface. You may hire professional cleaners to power wash your siding once or twice annually, although vinyl siding can also be washed using a garden hose and household cleaning materials. Loose vinyl siding should either be replaced or fixed immediately to prevent further damage, especially to the other strips of siding.
Wood is among the most popular exterior siding installation materials on the market due to its aesthetic appeal. One of the best ways to maintain wood siding is by painting or staining it. Each has its pros and cons, but both options serve as protection against rotting.
While fiber cement is extremely durable and has low moisture absorption levels, it can still be affected by mold and condensation. Annually re-caulking fiber cement ensures a gap-free exterior. Fiber cement siding also needs to be repainted every 10 to 15 years. Pre-painted variants typically last longer than their primed counterparts.
Metal siding requires a relatively low level of maintenance compared to other siding materials like wood. However, it is susceptible to rust. In such cases, you need to scrape the affected areas and apply a coat of sealant to prevent further damage. When paint is starting to chip, simply peel the topmost layer and repaint. The good thing about metal siding is you can repair or repaint sections without having to replace the entire siding.
Renovation Team offers a wide range of quality home improvement services, from siding installation to basement finishing. We also offer residential roofing services. You may contact us at (314) 200-2228 or fill out this form. We serve St. Louis and St. Charles, MO.