One of the main benefits of vinyl siding is it requires little maintenance. Even so, there are a few things you can do to make sure your home’s vinyl siding looks as good as the day it was installed.
Care tips for vinyl siding
The Vinyl Siding Institute (VSI) offers the following tips for siding maintenance and cleaning:
- Wash the siding. All you need is a cloth (or soft bristled brush if the siding is textured), a garden hose, and a general household cleaner. Rinse the cleaner fully off the siding before it dries.
- Review the siding manufacturer’s recommendation regarding power washers. Some will discourage their use to preserve the integrity of the siding, while others will recommend limiting the pressure applied to avoid damage.
- Never use a power washer around a window, door, outlet, switch, or plumbing feature.
- Cover your siding if working nearby with sealant, paint, stains, or wet concrete.
- Keep all sources of heat, outdoor fireplaces and barbeques, away from sided walls.
Signs it’s time to replace your vinyl siding
Vinyl siding is long-lasting and durable, it's estimated that it has an approximate 50-year lifespan when regularly maintained. Due to its longevity, replacing your siding usually comes down to one of two reasons: you no longer like the style or color, or the siding has been damaged over the years.
If your vinyl siding is damaged you may see:
- It no longer lies flat against the house
- There are gaps and holes in the siding
- There are areas where the siding is dented, cracked, or chipped
Pros of vinyl siding
There are many benefits to vinyl siding:
- Price: Vinyl siding is an economical choice compared to other siding options.
- Style choices: Vinyl siding comes in many looks. It can run horizontal or vertical, be smooth or textured, or made to look like wood panels or cedar shakes.
- Color choices: There are several options when it comes to vinyl siding colors available.
- Easy installation: Installation of vinyl siding takes about half the time that it takes to install other types of siding.
- Minimal maintenance: The primary upkeep needed is a thorough cleaning every year.
- Water resistant: Vinyl siding will not rot, swell, or absorb water.
- Improved energy efficiency: Insulated vinyl siding can help reduce cooling and heating costs. Insulated and foam backed siding also helps lessen noise from the outside making its way inside.
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