Vinyl remains a popular siding choice because of its durability and versatility. What draws homeowners to it, however, is its minimal upkeep. However, it is not the type of material that you ignore for a long time. It still needs occasional maintenance so it stays functional and appealing.
Today, local siding and roofing contractor Adams Roofing Professionals, Inc. discusses the dos and don’ts of vinyl siding maintenance.
DO: Wash the Siding Once a Year
Vinyl siding should receive a yearly wash. All you need is a mixture of soapy water and a soft-bristled brush to get rid of dust, grime, and other debris. A long-handled brush can be used to clean the upper sections of the siding. A pressure washer can also be used as long as it comes with the appropriate nozzle. Never use harsh cleaners like chlorine bleach or grease removers as these can harm the siding surface.
DO: Trim Back Greenery
Shrubs, trees and other greenery can grow too close to the vinyl siding. Siding and roof repair pros recommend cutting back your plants regularly so they don’t brush against your home’s exterior walls and leave noticeable damage like scratches or dents to the siding surface.
DON’T: Keep the Grill Too Close
Make sure your outdoor grill is placed at a safe distance from your home’s vinyl exterior—at least 10 feet away. The high temperatures can cause the material to melt or warp. The point of ignition for the siding’s PVC component happens when temperatures reach 730°F.
DON’T: Paint Your Vinyl Siding
Vinyl siding is a low-maintenance material that doesn’t need to be painted after a few years. Any paint applied to it will crack whenever temperature changes occur. Also, painting it a darker color than it already is can affect how much it retains heat, causing the panels to warp.
For your siding needs, turn to Adams Roofing Professionals, Inc. We specialize in installing vinyl siding to give your home a new look in an instant. Count on our expert roofers as well if you need to repair or replace your roofing system. Call (847) 364-7663 or (847) 359-1400 to get started. You may also fill out our contact form to request an inspection.