Maintaining Vinyl Siding
If you have just invested in new vinyl siding, you obviously want to do whatever you can to keep it looking new while providing top protection for your home. The good news is that vinyl siding is an excellent choice, easy to clean and easy to maintain. As you will discover in this article, keeping your vinyl siding takes little time and effort. The results will prove exactly why you chose this material in the first place.
Vinyl siding is a popular choice for a number of reasons but the fact that the color penetrates the panels, which eliminates fading, is one. However, to help keep the color looking fresh and new, a few considerations should be made. For instance, if you notice dirt building up on the siding, hose it down. If you plan to work on other exterior areas of the home, always cover the vinyl, especially when working with concrete, stain, sealants, and so on.
If you have a garden or flowerbed around the base of the home, be careful when using some herbicides and/or insecticides. If accidentally sprayed on the vinyl siding, the surface could become damaged. The best option in this case would be to use organic solutions for your plants or cover the siding to avoid spraying it. Now, if you prefer to use a specific herbicide or insecticide but have concerns, contact the manufacturer of these products to determine if they would in fact cause damage.
Another interesting fact about vinyl siding has to do with intense heat. Remember, vinyl or polyvinyl chloride is combustible. Although it would not ignite when near heat, if the siding were exposed to open flames, your home could catch on fire. This means any type of deck fireplace, barbecue grill, or even burning of leaves and yard debris in a 50-gallon drum must be done so away from the home.
Since color penetrates the panels for vinyl siding, painting is not required. However, there might be instances when the color is damaged. In this situation, you could talk to the siding manufacturer to determine if painting is an option. Just be sure you check on your warranty first. After all, many reputable vinyl siding companies offer 30, 40, or 50-year warranties against fading and other types of damage. Therefore, if your siding has faded prematurely, you might end up with a replacement.
The most important aspect of vinyl siding maintenance is by choosing the right product from the start. Within the arena of vinyl siding are different options for texture, color, gauge, style, and so on. By working with a professional to choose the right solution from the start usually means little to no maintenance for the life of the siding!