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1. Keep It Away From Direct Heat

2. Wash It Annually

3. Choose Your Soap Wisely

4. Watch for Mold and Mildew

5. Think Twice Before Painting it

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5 Tips to Maintain Your Home’s Vinyl Siding

3 min readUpdated Mar. 18, 2024Lyle WeischwillSiding
5 tips to maintain your siding

Vinyl siding is a standout choice for homeowners, renowned for its durability, affordability, and minimal upkeep. Unlike its wood or metal counterparts, vinyl resists weathering and retains its color for years, sparing you from frequent repaint jobs. Its installation is straightforward, and it's environmentally friendly, too, thanks to its recyclability. Yet, despite its many virtues, vinyl siding isn't invincible. It can face threats from persistent mold, unexpected impacts, or even the warping effects of intense heat.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Regular maintenance of vinyl siding preserves its durability, color, and overall curb appeal.
  • Addressing common issues like mold, heat distortion, and impact damage can significantly extend the life and aesthetics of your siding.
  • Consulting with Sears Home Services for a free in-home evaluation can provide tailored solutions for upgrading or replacing your vinyl siding.

While vinyl siding is relatively low-maintenance, it doesn't mean no maintenance. The longevity and curb appeal of your siding depend significantly on your care routine. From combating heat distortion to tackling mold or mildew buildup, the challenges are real but entirely manageable with the right approach. These practical tips will guide you in keeping your vinyl siding not just standing, but shining, for years to come. This video shows experts tips to keep your vinyl siding looking great and lasting longer.

Maintain your siding

1. Keep It Away From Direct Heat

Vinyl siding is made to stand up to all types of weather, including the hot sun. Charcoal or gas grills, however, can emit enough heat to warp or damage the siding. This will compromise its structural integrity and aesthetic appeal. Keep such heat sources at a safe distance, keeping the siding unscathed and protected. By taking this simple precaution, you can avoid costly.

2. Wash It Annually

Use a cloth or a long-handled brush with soft bristles. Some manufacturers caution against pressure washing, but if you decide to do so, use a nozzle with gentle pressure and test it on an inconspicuous area.

3. Choose Your Soap Wisely

For general cleaning, use a mild soap. For stains, try a heavier-duty cleanser, then rinse with a garden hose. If using anything other than plain soap, cover nearby plants and soil with a tarp to protect them from chemical damage. Let the tarp dry before removing.

4. Watch for Mold and Mildew

If you see signs of mold, break out an all-purpose cleaner. You can also use a homemade solution of 1 cup of vinegar mixed with 1 gallon of water. Protect your plants and soil with a tarp, as suggested above.

How to Clean Vinyl Siding

Follow the steps in this video to clean vinyl siding.

5. Think Twice Before Painting it

Technically it can be done, but it's a laborious task and many manufacturers will void their warranties if you paint your siding. If done wrong, it can cause the siding to warp beyond repair. Replacing it with a color you love might be a better bet.

Maintaining your vinyl siding not only enhances your home's curb appeal but also stands as a testament to your diligence in home care. But what if your siding has seen better days? It might be time to consider an upgrade to keep your home protected and looking its best. That's where Sears Home Services can help. With our experienced siding experts, you can trust that your home is in capable hands. We don't just offer solutions; we deliver results that you can see, enhancing the value and beauty of your home.

Schedule a free in-home consultation with a Sears Home Services siding expert today. Give your home the care it deserves and ensure your siding continues to protect and beautify your space for years to come.

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