How to Keep Your Vinyl Siding Looking Like New

Regular maintenance will keep your siding looking new and lasting longer. Why is it so important to regularly maintain your siding? Like the skin on your body, there are two main purposes that siding fulfills– appearance and protection. It protects your home against natural elements and pests, adds stability to the frame of your home, helps insulate and it also adds character to the outside of the home. Although there are several different types of siding you can choose from for manufactured homes, the three most popular include metal siding, like aluminum or steel, vinyl siding or a natural wood siding. And each kind of material needs to be maintained differently.

Washing

5580802_mGive your home a good washing for a fresh new look.

  • Make sure you close all the windows, doors and vents.
  • Cover anything on the house you don’t want to get wet. Use plastic bags and tarps with duct tape to cover bushes, outdoor furniture and light fixtures.
  • Attach a soft car-washing brush to your garden hose and wash off the dirt.
  • Remove tree sap and any other stubborn stains. First soak the sap with raw linseed oil, mineral spirits, or auto bug and tar remover. Let stand until soft. Wipe with a clean cloth.
  • You can use household detergent to clean the siding or purchase a cleaning compound specifically for your siding material. Several varieties are available at manufactured home supply stores.
  • Wash your siding from top to bottom to keep the lower area wet, preventing detergent lines.
  • Rinse off the cleaner. Attach a spray nozzle to your hose to increase water pressure
  • Dry the siding with a towel from the top down.

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl’s durable surface makes it the easiest siding to maintain. Living here in North Carolina, our homes are ALWAYS on display. Unlike our northern neighbors, our houses don’t get hidden by snow through the year.  And it pays to have a nice clean look that is easy to maintain – Raleigh vinyl siding is the answer. It won’t rot, peel or show scratches because good quality vinyl siding permeates its color throughout the entire thickness of the panel. Although vinyl is virtually maintenance free, keep your siding in the best condition to make its lifetime last even longer.

  • Don’t rely on a rainstorm to keep your siding clean. Give it a good cleaning at least once a year to keep sediment and grime off its surface.
  • Replace any damaged panels. New panels are quick and easy to install.
  • If your vinyl siding has a wood grain or pebble finish, it will hold dirt and require more frequent washing.
  • If you do not have rain gutters, your house will need more frequent cleaning.
  • Rubbing compound scratches vinyl surfaces.
  • Vinyl siding is brittle in very cold weather. Be careful not to hit or strike it, or it might shatter.

Keep grills from vinyl. Exposing the vinyl to intense heat will melt the siding. You might think that a paint job would be an inexpensive and easy solution to make faded vinyl siding look like new again. But paint does not hold well to vinyl’s surface because it continuously changes with the weather. Vinyl soaks up heat causing expansion and contraction as temperatures rise and fall. Instead of a short-term painting job, consider replacing your siding altogether. Check with a several retailers to see the variety of colors and textures to choose from. Ask them about lifetime warranties or guarantees that they offer.

Wood Siding

Cedar, Cypress and Redwood sidings are popular siding choices that offer natural beauty to the outside of a home. But wood siding requires more upkeep than most siding because of its natural surface. With regular maintenance and care, you can prevent damage and keep your wood siding looking beautiful for several years.

  • Caulk any joints, holes or cracks with a paint-able caulk. Seal the bottom of the panels and any chips.
  • Paint or stain the wood every four years. Check the manufacturer’s guidelines to see what kind of paint or stain works best with the wood on your home.
  • Keep an eye out for critters. Birds, insects and rodents love to make a home or a meal out of wood siding.
  • Keep sprinklers away from the home. Heavy exposure to water might result in decay, chipping, bowed or expanded panels, disintegration or shrinkage. Wood siding resides best in dry regions
  • Check the paint for flaking and re-cover any exposed surface.

If you’re looking for a completely new vinyl siding, give our friends at Coyote Siding and Windows a call! They are professionals with years of experience in Wendell siding.