One of the greatest perks of having vinyl siding is the minimal amount of maintenance required and the small amount of upkeep. With vinyl siding, you don’t have to worry about rotting wood, insect damage, or fixing dents or dings.
There are, however, a few things to remember when caring for your vinyl siding. You can learn more about the tips and tricks for maintaining, cleaning, and caring for your vinyl siding below.
Cleaning Vinyl Siding
Washing your vinyl siding is very easy. Use a clean, soft cloth or a soft bristled brush. Use warm soapy water to start and be sure to rinse the cleaning solution residue completely before it has time to dry. If your home has brick, rock, or other materials, you may want to cover it up before you begin your washing process. If you plan to use a power washer, make sure you follow the siding manufacturer’s guidelines and recommendations. Some recommend avoiding power washers all together, whereas others welcome the use of power washers but have recommendations on the amount of pressure used. If you do use a power washer, make sure you do not aim upwards. This can cause water to get behind the siding and can eventually cause problems. Also be cautious when using pressure washers around windows, doors, electrical plugs, and any other openings.
Removing Mildew and Mold
Getting rid of mold and mildew is typically pretty easy. You can use cleaners purchased from the store or you can make your own cleaning solution at home with 2 parts water and 1 part vinegar.
Protect Against Discoloration
If you are doing any DIY or renovation projects at home and are using things like stains, paint, sealants, or anything else that could potentially drip on the siding, be sure to cover it up. Some bug killers have been known to stain or discolor vinyl siding, so be sure to read your labels or talk to the manufacturer carefully before spraying.
Vinyl Siding and Heat
Vinyl is combustible, however, it will not ignite unless it is exposed to flames. It is important to take proper precautions to keep barbecue grills and other heat sources a safe distance away from the structure. It is also wise to keep dry leaves, firewood, mulch and trash piles away from the home or building. Vinyl siding can melt when exposed to significant heat sources, so be careful.
Painting Vinyl Siding
Vinyl siding can be painted, however, there are a couple things to keep in mind. Some vinyl manufacturer warranties will become void if the siding is painted, so be sure to check with the manufacturer of your siding prior to painting. If you do decide to paint it, be sure to select a good quality latex-based exterior paint. Also, vinyl siding should never be painted a dark color that can absorb heat. Exposure to heat and intense sunlight can lead to the vinyl sagging or warping. Choose a light, reflective paint color, like white or light grey.
Contact us at M&M Gutters & Exteriors if you have any questions!