Tips for Keeping Your Vinyl Siding in Good Shape

If you want to make sure that the siding on your home lasts as long as possible, you will need to review the following tips.

Power Wash It

It is vital that you are doing your best to keep the buildup of grime, dirt, grease, and bird droppings off of your vinyl siding. To do this, you simply need to power wash the siding a couple times a year. The closer your home sits to a busy road, the more often you may have to do this, as the passing of vehicles will cause a lot of dirt to fly up onto your house. You can purchase your own power washer at a major department store or large home-improvement store. If you do not want to purchase your own power washer, you can generally rent a power washer from an equipment rental company.

Replace Damaged Sections Immediately

Do not make the mistake of assuming that since a piece is already damaged, there is no need to rush to have it replaced. A damaged piece of siding can end up becoming completely torn off of the side of the house by strong winds. When that happens, the surrounding pieces of vinyl siding are at risk for being ripped off a well, since the wind will be able to get under them and lift them right off. Also, damaged pieces of siding can allow water to get in behind the vinyl, which can result in the growth of mold. If too much mold is allowed to grow, you may end up needing to replace a lot of building materials, which could be very expensive.

Keep Plant Life Away from the Siding

While you might want to line the outside of your home with beautiful plant life, it is important to make sure that you are keeping plants a couple of feet from the siding. This is to make sure that the siding does not end up scratched or cracked from the limbs of the plants. By placing the plants a few feet from the siding, you are not only protecting the siding but also ensuring that the plants have plenty of room to grow.

With just those three tips in mind, it should be easy enough for you to figure out how to make sure that your vinyl siding is going to stay in good shape. 

For more information, call companies such as Blue Springs Siding and Windows.