Caring for Your Home’s Siding

Exterior siding is an important part of keeping your home looking its best and to protect it from harsh weather in Bucks, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties. In our previous article, we outlined various siding materials, including vinyl, wood, and fiber. We also provided information on other options for siding such as steel and cement, to give homeowners in southeastern Pennsylvania a sense of what might work best for their home. In this article, we are going to go through some tips on how you can maintain your home siding for a long-term durability.

Wood Siding

Because wood can show signs of termites or rotting, you will want to visually inspect it at least twice a year. If you notice the wood is degrading, be sure to discuss it with an inspector. It’s important to note that wood also needs to be repainted or re-stained at least every five years, and clear sealant needs to be reapplied every two years. Another way to ensure your wood siding is protected is to clean it once a year with warm, soapy water and a soft-bristled brush. If you see any mildew, you can remove it with one part bleach and four parts water.

 

Vinyl Siding

Unlike wood siding, vinyl is not as prone to rotting and pests. However, it can get warped or cracked easily, allowing moisture to get trapped underneath. This being said, the first step to protecting your vinyl siding is to make sure it is properly installed and there are no loose parts. For maintenance, you will want to clean it once a year using a garden hose and keep it away from heavy-duty items, such as lawnmowers and barbecues. Once the vinyl starts to fade, you can paint over it with a high-quality exterior latex paint. Be sure to use light colors since darker colors will absorb the sun’s heat, and therefore can cause warping.

 

Fiber Cement Siding

While this type of siding typically requires minimal maintenance, it’s still a good idea to do an annual inspection for signs of pests and cracks, and to clean it every one to three years using a power washer. You will also only need to repaint it every 10-20 years, making fiber cement one of the most durable types of siding.

 

Steel Siding

Steel siding is extremely durable, and is available in several styles, textures, and colors, making it a popular choice amongst homeowners. In order to maintain this type of siding, you should check for scratches and other forms of damage, which can lead to rusting. You will only need to power wash it once a year to keep it clean, and can also opt to paint your steel siding, although this is not necessary for damage prevention.

By following these steps, you will be able to maintain the look and integrity of your exterior siding and protect your home from damage.

For questions on how to protect your home’s exterior siding, contact J L Roofing and Siding today!

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