Vinyl siding is a convenient and durable material for keeping a home's exterior looking great through the years. However, it needs to be properly maintained to stay in good shape as time goes on.
Unfortunately, homeowners sometimes make maintenance mistakes that prematurely age their vinyl siding. The following are six maintenance mistakes you need to avoid to keep your vinyl siding in the best possible shape:
Neglecting to regularly clean your vinyl siding
Cleaning your siding is one of the simplest things you can do to keep it in good shape. Siding will naturally accumulate debris like dirt and mud as time goes on. Removing any residue will help you avoid stains on your siding and prevent problems frequently caused by moisture exposure like mold growth.
Failing to protect your siding from direct heat
Direct heat can be highly damaging to siding. If your siding is exposed to direct heat from your grill, for example, it could start to melt.
When you grill or have a fire in your yard, always make sure that you keep it well away from your siding to prevent warping and fire damage.
Washing your siding with the wrong type of soap
Some types of soap might be too caustic and harsh for siding surfaces. You should use a mild detergent or dish soap to mix up a cleaning solution for your siding. Never use a cleaner that contains ammonia or it could permanently damage your siding and release hazardous fumes.
Ignoring signs of mold or mildew growth
Unfortunately, mold and mildew growth on siding can be a frequent problem. You need to perform regular inspections of your siding to look out for any growth. If you notice mold and mildew on your siding, it's important to have it thoroughly removed before it has the chance to spread any further.
Allowing your siding to experience impact damage
You need to protect your siding from impact damage from kids playing sports nearby or from weather events like hurricanes and windstorms.
If a severe weather event is coming to your area, cover siding as much as possible. Also, don't let children play ball sports or other sports that could lead to impact damage to your siding around your home's exterior.
Failing to notice signs that siding is coming loose
Vinyl siding could potentially come loose over time. When this happens, damage could worsen severely if loosened siding is subject to strong winds.
Inspect siding to make sure that it is still firmly in place. If siding is coming loose, have it repaired to prevent damage from spreading. For more help with siding, reach out to a business like Maynor Roofing & Siding Co.