If you have vinyl siding, you might assume it just lasts for ever and doesn’t need much maintenance. However, while it is very durable, the time will come that you’ll need to replace your vinyl siding.
So, how do you know when your vinyl siding needs to be replaced? More importantly, what can you do to maintain it so it lasts as long as possible?
Here are some tips for maintaining your vinyl siding, as well as how to know when it’s time to replace it. .
Maintaining Your Vinyl Siding
Although vinyl siding does not wear the same way other materials do, it can still crack or even pull away from the house if not properly secured. Things you should consider while performing routine care on vinyl siding are:
- Clean it once per year. Use a hose, sponge, bucket of warm water and a mild detergent. Built up grime from exhaust or air pollution can be easily removed with pressure washing.
- Keep shrubbery and trees away from siding by pruning and clipping stray branches. This protects your siding from becoming damaged by protruding branches.
- Check your home regularly for signs the vinyl siding is pulling away from the house. This is especially important around hurricane season or any impending winter weather.
When to Replace Vinyl Siding
Aside from routine maintenance and preventative care, there are clear signs to help you decide when to replace vinyl siding. If you’re seeing some of these signs, it’s time to consider replacing vinyl siding.
- Cracks in the vinyl siding are present, allowing moisture to enter your home. Rainwater or water from pressure washing can seep into the house from cracks or other entry points due to damaged vinyl siding.
- Holes or other damage are visible in your vinyl siding which creates entry points for water and pests. It also looks ugly.
- Fungus or mildew has started growing on your siding, indicating there is moisture inside the siding. This may mean there is more mildew, mold, or fungus growth you can’t see beneath the siding.
- If your utility bill has risen with no other cause, this could be due to damaged vinyl siding. Damaged siding can allow heat to escape from your home, causing your home heating costs to rise.
- Vinyl siding is “falling away” from your home due to warping or other items that may have penetrated the surface.
If it is time to replace your siding, contact us for a free inspection.
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