Vinyl siding is known for its durability, style, affordability, and low maintenance qualities. However, like any other part of your home exterior, vinyl siding requires occasional attention to keep it looking its best. Use these vinyl siding maintenance tips to help protect your investment and preserve its beauty.
1. Clean Vinyl Siding Annually
Dirt, dust, and grime naturally accumulate on exterior surfaces over time. While rain will sufficiently clean exposed areas of vinyl siding, it’s best practice to wash your vinyl siding once a year with a garden hose, clean water and a soft cloth or bristle brush. Simply spot clean small patches of mold and mildew with a common household cleaner. We recommend a cleaning solution of 30% vinegar and 70% water for larger sections.
2. Regularly Inspect Your Vinyl Siding
Seasonal siding inspections can help you catch and address any issues before they become significant problems. Here are some things to look for:
- Loose or damaged panels: Secure or replace small sections to maintain a uniform appearance.
- Gaps or cracks: Seal as soon as possible to help prevent moisture infiltration.
Note: You may benefit from a total siding replacement if you notice widespread or irreversible damage.
3. Avoid Direct Heat
Maintain a safe distance between vinyl siding and significant heat sources, such as fire pits and barbeques. Consider placing a heat-resistant barrier between your siding if you’re using a grill close to an exterior wall.