Winter can cause dirt and debris to build up on your siding, bringing down its aesthetic appeal and making it more susceptible to damages. Spring siding maintenance will not only help you prevent easily avoidable damages, but also keep your home looking its best. Here are some of the tips we have for your spring siding maintenance. When in doubt, you can always reach out to the professionals here at Unlimited Siding with any questions or for a service. Maintaining your siding is an essential part of ensuring it lasts as long as possible.
Here are some of our top tips for spring siding maintenance. Depending on what your siding is made of, your maintenance needs may vary. However, all preventative maintenance will keep your siding looking and performing its best for years to come.
#1. Keep It Clean
Even the easiest siding material to maintain – vinyl – needs to be washed in order to maintain its curb appeal. If dirt and grime is allowed to build up on your siding, it will bring down the appearance of your home, making it appear drab and uncared for. If your home has any shady and damp areas, mold and mildew can grow. The longer you leave your siding uncleaned, the harder it will be to clean when you decide to get the job down.
It’s best to clean your siding at least once a year, if you have vinyl siding, though you may need to clean it more frequently if you have another type of siding. We include this in our spring siding maintenance because with the warming weather, it makes it more pleasant to get out and clean. Clean siding equals a beautiful home.
#2. Inspect It Regularly
No matter how durable your siding is or how careful you are around it, it can still get cracked or break. Storms can make siding loosen, wear and tear can result in cracks, a ball hitting it or a tree branch slamming against it can damage it, and water can also cause significant damage if left unchecked. When the snow’s all melted, it can be easier to do this spring siding maintenance and take a walk around your house, looking for any cracked, chips, or other such damages.
It can be difficult to notice some types of damages, so if you think something seems off, it’s best to call a professional to come out and give you a second opinion.
#3. Trim Your Landscape
In spring, things are growing, making trimming your landscape an essential part of spring siding maintenance. Branches can scratch and damage your siding. You’ll want to trim them back so that your siding is protected. If you’re planting new trees or bushes, be mindful of the distance to your home. You don’t want them in too close proximity, otherwise your siding could get damaged.
#4. Keep Heat Away
Vinyl siding is both slow to burn and has a low melting point. Many people don’t realize that putting their grills right up against their siding can melt it – at least, not until they’re done and then see the damage. This spring siding maintenance tip is easy: just put your grill a safe distance away from your siding when you bring it back out of storage. That way, you’ll be able to enjoy barbeques without causing your siding to melt.
#5. Be Mindful Of Potential Dangers
This spring siding maintenance tip ties into the previous tip about trimming your landscape. You want to be mindful of potential dangers to your siding, such as your lawnmower or soccer balls. Be careful not to hit your siding when you’re mowing the lawn, and be sure to put the soccer goal a good distance away from your siding so that balls don’t hit it at high velocity. These can cause your siding to crack or break.
Additionally, you’ll want to be mindful about using products with chemicals around your siding. Common yard chemicals can cause your siding to get stained or discolored. Through simply being alert, you can do a lot to prevent damage to your siding.
#6. Only Use Professional Pressure Washing Services
It’s extremely easy for your siding to break when you try to pressure wash it. Though it may be tempting to try to pressure wash it clean, this is a job best left to the professionals. Professional pressure washers know how to clean siding without damaging it, while many DIYers end up breaking it when they try to do the same thing.
#7. Repair Any Damages
The final spring siding maintenance tip that we have for you in this blog is to repair any damages as soon as you notice them. Left alone, damages can worsen over time, causing serious problems and expensive repairs. If your siding needs to be repaired, it’s important to have it done sooner rather than later.
These are but 7 of the things you can do to maintain your siding. If you would like more siding maintenance tips or if you need siding repair, don’t hesitate to contact Unlimited Siding. We’re here to help!