Protecting Vinyl Siding Against Premature Deterioration

If you are about to have vinyl siding installed on your home, you are most likely excited about the prospect of obtaining a medium known to enhance buildings with a pleasing appearance. In addition to the aesthetics obtained with vinyl, it lasts for a good number of years. Here are steps to take to help increase the life of your vinyl siding pieces.

Take The Time To Clean Vinyl Siding Yearly

Most people clean their homes' exterior once or twice a year, while others do not bother to clean siding at all. It is best to be in the former group to help keep vinyl looking it's absolute best. To clean vinyl, first, remove loose debris by rubbing siding pieces with a soft cloth. To do this to upper pieces, attach a towel to a broom. After loose debris is removed, wash down vinyl using a mild soap and rinse well with water. For rinsing, opt for a garden hose on the spray setting rather than using a pressure washer, which could damage the siding if the impact of the water pressure is too great.

Make Sure Heat Is Kept Away From Siding

Vinyl is known to melt if it comes into contact with extremely high temperatures. Because of this, using outdoor grilling equipment near your home is discouraged. Instead of setting up your grilling area near siding pieces, opt for an area in your yard or where siding is constructed of another material. If you do use heat near your vinyl siding, monitor flame at all times and keep a fire extinguisher nearby. 

Protect Siding From Harmful Agents

While vinyl is relatively durable, it is still best to protect it from harsh chemicals so fading or discoloration of your siding does not occur. To do this, cover siding pieces with a tarp when you intend on using landscaping materials or pest control agents. This ensures vinyl is tucked underneath, away from any potential risk of harm.

Tend To Your Landscaping Regularly

If you have foliage anywhere near your structure, it needs routine maintenance to keep branches from scraping vinyl pieces. The presence of trees also causes the fading of siding if shaded areas are caused because of them. Make sure to cut back tree limbs to avoid causing damage to your home's exterior.

Take Care Of Damage Quickly

When vinyl does become damaged, have it repaired or replaced without delay. Keeping broken portions in place could cause the surrounding pieces to become damaged themselves due to pulling. Call a vinyl siding contractor to assess the damage.

For more information, contact a local vinyl siding contractor today.