Professional Tips to Extend the Life of Your Vinyl Siding
There is one obvious choice that is available to homeowners, specifically in the siding industry. Contractors recommend the use of vinyl siding because it relatively simple to install, is very affordable when compared to other types of siding, and it is easy to maintain. These are some of the reasons why it is considered a user friendly and ideal exterior siding solution. However, unless it is properly cared for, homeowners will eventually need to hire a contractor for vinyl siding repair on their home’s exterior.
Unfortunately, vinyl siding is prone to problems just like other materials that are used in the manufacturing of home siding. It is not damage resistant, and some types of stains can actually cause the siding to become very fragile and brittle. However, proper maintenance and cleaning of the siding will lengthen the life of your vinyl siding and reduce the chances you will need to hire a contractor for vinyl siding repair.
There are some tips that you as a homeowner can use that will help you keep the siding on your home looking new.
One of the most common issues that plague homes that have vinyl siding are stains. Staining can occur from dirt, dust, debris and grime that have accumulated over time and cannot be easily washed away. The good news is that homeowners can remove stains simply by creating a solution of detergent and warm water.
When the cleaning solution is applied to the vinyl siding and scrubbed away with a brush or cloth, all build up debris can be removed. For easier application, the solution can be placed into a hose attachment so the upper levels of the home’s exterior can be easily cleaned at the same time. However, it is important to make sure the solution and/or water does not enter any exposed cracks or crevices in the siding.
Adding Bleach To Your Cleaning Solution
If there are some hard to remove stains on your siding, you may want to consider adding bleach to the solution. A weak bleach solution that has a one to 10 ratio will effectively remove stains most of the time.
You can also choose other chemicals to put in your cleaning solution such as naphtha. In fact, most contractors recommend starting with naphtha or another type of cleaning solution before moving on to bleach. Bleach has the potential to discolor your siding. This is why care should be taken when applying bleach to the siding on your home.
Specific Vinyl Siding Cleaning Products
There are also some cleaners on the market that are specifically designed to clean and remove stains from the vinyl siding. These cleaning agents are not only popular, but they are extremely safe to use on vinyl siding. They are designed to remove deep stains such as mildew, chalk, algae and oxidation.
These are a few of the cleaning and maintenance methods that can reduce the need for vinyl siding repair. Even though this type of siding is not 100% maintenance free, it is easier to maintain than other types of siding and it can last a long time when properly cared for. If you need help a Vinyl Siding Company in Columbus Ohio then please give us a call at (614) 453-5332. We'd be glad to help you in any way possible, from routine maintenance advice to complete siding replacement.