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How to Maintain Different Types of Siding

2020-05-19

Is Maintaining a problem?

Well, maintaining your siding is important in order to preserve its longevity.

Different types of siding have their own specific characteristics and different ways of maintenance.

So, depending on what kind of siding you have (or what kind of siding you plan to install), you need to consider the different specifications and ways to take care of it.

Some materials require more care, and can be a maintenance problem due to the uniqueness of the material from which it is made.

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is designed to be left alone, but if a piece of siding happens to come loose, you need to fix it soon. 

In many ways, vinyl is less maintenance than wood siding, as it does not require regular painting. Also this material doesn’t rot and is resistant to moisture issues.

You need to know that it is a good idea to pay to have your vinyl siding power washed either before or after summer.

Spiders and other insects like to live in the small ledges made in the siding stair-steps. So, pressure washing will remove most of these!

Wood Siding

Wood siding is another low-maintenance material. Many people choose wood siding when they want the look and sustainability of real wood.

Wood siding needs to be treated every 4 to 6 years depending on how fierce the elements are in your area. 

If your home has multiple levels, a siding contractor may need to have special equipment to get to the taller areas of your home. 

Repair methods vary depending on the type of siding you have, but most are fairly easy to fix. 

The biggest drawback to most modified woods is that it can’t be painted.

From a maintenance standpoint – no need to scrape and repaint, but it restricts the options you have for the appearance of your home.

While some very rustic or modern buildings look good with a natural or weathered appearance, more traditional homes look their best when painted, which means that modified wood is often not the best choice.

Aluminium Siding

Aluminum siding is one of the oldest alternatives to wood siding and was first created back in the 1930s.

Aluminum is fairly low–maintenance, and doesn’t have any of the drawbacks. So, it won’t melt in the sun or crack in the cold.

It’s available in both smooth planks and planks that have a wood–look texture, so you have some options for how you can clad your home.

It’s also fairly long-lasting, as it resists most moisture problems and insect activity, and it’s flame retardant.

However, the color of the siding tends to fade quickly, turning into a chalky residue that can brush off on your clothing.

To deal with this, you need to repaint the siding every few years.

Why Maintenance is important

Maintaining the exterior of your home helps prevent water intrusion and is an important part of sustaining the beauty and value of your home.

The extent and nature of maintenance will depend on the design of your house, its geographic location, the amount of weather and sun
exposure, and the landscaping near your house.

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