The siding on your home can have a big impact on its overall appearance. Does siding require any maintenance? You might not give your siding much thought, but it can become dirty or show signs of wear and tear over time. The following are a few simple ways to help your siding last longer and look its best.
Clean Your Siding
Debris can build up on your siding and give it a dull and dirty appearance. Cleaning your siding once or twice a year helps remove dirt and other debris. This helps your siding look as good as new rather than looking worn.
You can use a garden hose to spray debris off and a soft-bristled brush to remove stubborn dirt. Keep in mind that you’ll need to clean your siding carefully in order to avoid damaging it.
Maintain Your Gutters
When your gutters aren’t in good condition, rainwater and other debris can spill over onto your siding. In some cases, water can cause damage to your siding, which shortens its lifespan. Water can also cause mold and mildew to grow on or around your siding.
Make sure your gutters are properly installed and in good condition. Your gutters shouldn’t have any blockages or debris inside them, since this can prevent water from flowing through. You should clean your gutters twice a year in spring and fall to remove debris.
Tree branches, bushes and other vegetation can affect your siding’s appearance or damage it. Branches might scratch or tear your siding, especially during severe weather. Bushes and shrubs can also cause minor damage to your siding over time.
You should regularly trim branches and other vegetation to keep it away from your siding. Any vegetation you have near your home should be trimmed back at least six inches away from your siding.
Keeping your siding well-maintained can be a time-consuming process, especially if you haven’t had it cleaned in a while. Instead of risking damage and discoloration, schedule professional maintenance on it. This helps ensure your siding stays in excellent condition for many years to come.
If your home needs new siding or maintenance, please contact VanWeelden Company for more information. We offer James Hardie fiber cement siding for homeowners.