Siding is one of the most important parts of the home improvement plan
that a homeowner can think of. Different materials used for siding are
vinyl, wood, stucco, and fiber cement. In most American cities, it can
be seen that different siding materials are used in various houses. Each
has their set of rules for proper upkeep, and most importantly some of
these materials require more maintenance than others.
Most homeowners are unaware of the ways to maintain the siding of their
houses. Here is a list of some of the most common siding materials that
are used and ways to maintain them:
Stucco: This is a low-maintenance material that does not require much
effort on the part of the homeowner. Normally an occasional power-wash
would help a lot to maintain stucco sidings. However, the moment you see
cracks on stucco make sure to replace it to prevent any major problems
in the future.
Wood: Although wood is a favorite material when it comes to siding construction,
wooden home exteriors require the highest degree of maintenance. To wash
wooden sidings, it would be better to use a hose-pipe and not a power
washer. Make sure not to use much water pressure while washing it since
it may cause the sealant or the paint to come off. With water use oxygen
bleach since due to its mild nature, it is safe to be used on wood and
does not cause any damage to the vegetation in the surrounding areas.
It is normally advised to paint wooden siding once every year to make
it last longer.
Vinyl: Since vinyl is relatively maintenance free, most homeowners prefer this
material for siding construction. In numerous US cities, it is seen that
homeowners have been using vinyl for the external part of their home for
a long time. However, it is important to say that this material requires
cleaning with a good power washer at least once every year. Most siding
contractors advice their clients to make sure that vinyl siding does not
get dirty. This is because the longer the dirt sits on the material, the
more likely chances that it will set in. All cleaning solutions that you
use should be intended for cleaning vinyl sidings. Harsh chemicals such
as bleach and ammonia can cause undue damage. All the detergents should
be rinsed off completely with a lower-pressure rinse. Again, the rinsing
process should work bottom up and in an even manner. Proper cleaning will
ensure longevity and durability of your vinyl sidings.
Metal siding: Ones they have been installed, it should be reasonably maintenance free
for many years to come. A thorough cleaning from time to time will be
needed to keep the siding looking clean and good looking. Usually, a simple
washing of the siding with a hose or a pressure sprayer will do. If additional
cleaning is needed, a simple solution of detergent and water can be used
with a soft bristled brush. The siding should invariably be rinsed thoroughly
following any use of cleaner or chemicals. The use of any strong solvent
or abrasive cleaner must be avoided altogether. Metal siding can last
for many years with proper installing and maintenance. It is a good alternative
to other kinds of siding materials. With increased popularity for use
in homes and commercial buildings, it is a durable, attractive product
that could improve the functionality and appeal of just about any building.