Tips for your siding

siding-contractors-nhIt is amazing how many homes have vinyl siding in NH. It seems that most of the houses now have siding rather than cedar shingles. With so many people making the switch it is important to know what you can do to maintain vinyl siding. Many people get vinyl siding making the mistake that it is maintenance free. This is untrue. Siding still requires regular cleaning and maintenance in order to keep it in tip top shape. According to the Vinyl Siding Institute there are many things that you can do in order to keep your vinyl looking like new.

Washing

Wash your vinyl siding regularly. Start from the bottom and work your way up the house. Using a soft cloth or an ordinary long-handled, soft bristled brush you are able to wash your home to keep it in good condition. If you have a textured wall used the brush to keep the grooves clean. Make sure you rinse the cleaning solution though; you don’t want to let that dry on your siding.

Mold and Mildew

Every so often you can get a case of mold and mildew on your siding. It is unsightly, but it is able to be removed. Using products like Windex you should be able to get those small spots of it out. If you have a large mold or mildew problem, then us a solution with 30% vinegar and 70% water in order to clear away the issue. There are a few other solutions out there but these are the simplest solutions to the problem.

Power Washer

If you want a quick wash you can also use a power washer. Check with the manufacturer of your vinyl siding before you use your power washer. Some manufacturers recommend not using a power washer at all while others will tell you what pressure should be used at when cleaning if it is okay to use. Just don’t spray upwards as it could go behind the siding. Keep it eye level and on top of the siding the best you can.

Cleaners

Yes, you can use cleaners on your vinyl siding. Cleaners like Simple Green and Armor all can clean basic every day dirt and grim from your siding. On the Vinyl Siding institute site, there is a whole list of cleaners, some of which include Fantastick, Windex and Murphy Oil that are safe for your siding. They also tell you what can be used to clean certain items, like gum, off of your siding as well.

Discoloration

Another issue that some homeowners have had in the past with vinyl siding is discoloration. This can be helped by protecting the siding when you use stains and sealants or anything that could have a color in other home projects. Also insecticides could also potentially stain your siding.

Vinyl Siding in NH is a part of the new age of homeowners. It is relatively easy to maintain and install without the constant replacement of cedar shingles. If you’re considering vinyl siding, call Corriveau Contracting today at 603-880-9988 and we can find out if it is the right fit for you.