Siding protects the exterior of your home from the outside coming in. But if it’s old, worn or damaged, it’s not going to protect the way it was designed to. No matter what kind of siding you have, whether it’s vinyl siding, wood siding or aluminum siding, these general maintenance tips will help keep it looking new.
Wash the Siding
The simplest way to extend the lifespan of your siding is to regularly wash the exterior. By the time it is noticeable, environmental buildup, including dirt and algae, already has a foothold. When cleaning the siding, avoid harsh chemicals. Don’t use cleaning brushes or tools that might scratch the surface. For stubborn areas, apply gentle pressure and soft-bristle brushes. Use a pressure washer cautiously; while aluminum siding is easily dented, a pressure hose can force water in behind any type of siding, where it creates an environment for mold and mildew.
Inspect the Siding
Keep an eye on your siding, particularly after a period of heavy rains or severe storms. Routinely inspect the exterior of your home for loosened panels, cracks, large dents and stains that appear to “travel” or spread. It doesn’t have to be labour-intensive. If the house is two or more storeys, use binoculars first; save hauling out and setting up the ladder if you spot something that really needs a closer look.
Repair the Siding
Once you’ve identified problem areas or damaged boards, repair the siding as promptly as possible. The longer it takes to fix, the more likely the situation will worsen. If neglected, siding damage can compromise the integrity of the exterior walls and internal structures.