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Clean Your Siding: Inspections, Steps, Repair and Replacement
Regardless of your home’s material, it’s a good idea to clean your siding at least once a year. This will ensure that everything is in good repair and that it will continue to last. But what are some simple steps for cleaning your siding and what should you be looking for in the process.
Here is a simple guide to get you started.
Inspect Your Siding
Before you get started with anything, make sure you’re doing a thorough physical inspection to rule out any minor issues that could turn into major ones in the near future.
No matter what the material, siding is prone to damage from water. This is especially true anywhere it meets a window or door. If water gets into these spaces and is not discovered right away, it could cause significant damage that will affect your home, cause costly repairs, and simply be a nightmare.
What to look for with specific siding materials:
- Stucco: cracks or chips
- Brick: crumbling mortar
- Wood: peeling paint, cracks, or chips
- Vinyl: damage to window frames, water on foundation below vinyl
There are a few other siding materials as well, so it’s helpful to always be on the lookout for something that simply doesn’t look normal. If you have concerns, call a contractor before it becomes a big issue that you’ll have to deal with.
Steps for Cleaning
Once you’re ready to clean, you can take a whole Saturday to just get the grime and dirt off your home to give it a polished and shining exterior.
- Fill a bucket with warm soapy water. You can use TSP, a cleaning product commonly found at home improvement stores that will be safe for your home’s exterior.
- Scrub your home with a soft bristle brush starting in manageable sections and working your way around.
- Rinse often.
- Practice ladder safety when cleaning a second story.
You don’t have to do this yourself. You can pay for professionals with high powered pressure washing equipment to clean your siding for you. Sometimes the cost of convenience is worth it over doing it yourself, but the call is entirely up to you.
Make Your Siding Brand New
The more you’re able to spot problems before they grow and keep your siding clean, the longer your siding will last regardless of its material. But if you do spot problems, such as bubbling, buckling, cracking, cracks, excessive fading, higher energy bills, pest infestations, interior water damage, or rot, it may be time to contact a professional to replace your siding.
Vinyl siding is a durable solution and great for our harsh northern weather, but there are other options as well. Contact a professional to determine how to replace your siding and keep it in good repair for a long time to come.
Core Exteriors offers many siding solutions in the Minneapolis – St. Paul area. Contact us today for a consultation.