Regularly Inspect Vinyl Siding
Be sure to regularly inspect your siding for pests, cracks, and moisture-related issues. While vinyl siding would never be the only cause of mold or wood rot, it may conceal the problem from the naked eye. This is why you should always look out for things that could cause problems before they ever even occur. For example, cracks, gaps, and loose pieces leave your house susceptible to water infiltration. If you notice one of these problems, you can use a sealant or a color-matched caulk to help keep moisture from entering the wood of your house and causing damage to it.
Other things to look out for:
- Peeling or chipped paint
- Crumbling mortar joints
- Cracked caulk
- Signs of termites or other pests
Remove Any Mold or Mildew
Look out for black stains that are difficult to scrub off. Try to put a little bit of diluted bleach on the area and if it disappears, it is most likely mildew. Do not let it go idle. Rid your house of mildew or mold as soon as possible by using an all-purpose cleaner or a homemade solution of 1 cup of vinegar and a gallon of water. Be sure to protect your eyes and plants from splashing. Finally, rinse it with clean running water.
Avoid Hitting Vinyl Siding
The great thing about vinyl siding is that it won’t wear down with age the same as wood or become dented, but you can still crack or puncture it. Be mindful of where you park things like bicycles and lawnmowers. Also, trim any trees or shrubbery that have the potential to mar your siding. If any part of your siding breaks or cracks, then you must replace it before it causes any problems.
Avoid Painting Your Home’s Siding
Painting your siding can be done, of course, but it’s a laborious task that might not be worth the trouble. Firstly, you will need to continue painting it periodically the same way that you would have to do for other home exterior options, which one of the great benefits of vinyl siding is that you can avoid painting in the first place. Also, if it is done wrong or in a darker color, it can cause the pieces to warp in high temperatures or sag beyond repair. Finally, many manufacturers will sometimes void the warranty if you paint over it.
If you want to change the color of your siding, simply replacing it will be the better option in the long run.
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