Learn How to Extend the Life of Your Home’s Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding in the Tampa Bay Area is an excellent addition to any home. Durable and beautiful, it requires less maintenance than other kinds of siding and is energy-efficient. Its durability means it’s longer-lasting, but you can continually improve that length. There are a few ways to take care of your vinyl siding that will make it last a lifetime, so you’re not required to replace it.

Keep It Clean

Although vinyl siding is often billed as “maintenance-free,” one crucial step is keeping your siding clean. Without a good cleaning from time to time, siding can be a breeding ground for mold and mildew, especially for Pinellas County siding, which is regularly subjected to warm and wet conditions. Mold and mildew will break down your siding over time, leading to cracks and even damage to your home.

Eliminate Dangers

Trees and shrubs are one of the leading causes of punctures, scratches, and dents in siding. If a powerful wind storm blows in, those decorative branches can deliver a walloping to your siding, causing a lot of damage.

When planting new trees and shrubs, try to give your home a wide enough berth that as the tree grows, not even the strongest wind can make it bend and smack your siding. In addition, you can trim existing trees and shrubs to cause less damage.

Another way that trees and shrubs cause damage is through moisture. Being alive, this greenery attracts and retains moisture. Sustained moisture isn’t great for siding. If a branch rests against siding, moisture will get trapped on the siding, creating a perfect home for mold and mildew. Water damage can also happen in this scenario. You can eliminate this problem by trimming trees and shrubs regularly to ensure they don’t touch the siding.

Don’t Set It On Fire

This might sound stupid but go with us here. Vinyl is vulnerable to heat, so you must keep torches or grills away from the side of your home. Even if you can’t see the effect of the heat from your grill on the siding, it can still cause micro-cracks and stress to the material. Enough micro-cracks over time will eventually turn into what the experts call a big freaking crack. So keep your torches and grills at least 10 feet away from your home to keep your siding from sizzling.

Replace Old or Worn Siding

Old and worn siding is a crack in your home’s armor. You might think you can prop your kids’ seldom used bicycle against it or plant a tree to hide the unsightly nature, but cracked, loose, warped, dented, or missing pieces of siding are an ideal home for mold and mildew. Replacing these will keep your home beautiful and prevent water, mold, and mildew damage.

Care and Maintenance Saves Your Siding’s Life

Your home’s vinyl siding might feel like an afterthought, but it’s really the first defense you and your home have against the elements. Helping it stay strong keeps the elements out and your money in. The longer your siding lasts, the longer before you need to replace it to keep your home in perfect working condition.

Use these tips and tricks to take great care of your vinyl siding. For more information on how to make your vinyl siding last longer, visit our Exterior Siding Maintenance Dos and Don’ts page.

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A+ SoftWash & Pressure Washing was founded with our consumers’ best interest at heart. We found homeowners were being advised to replace roofs, stucco, and siding only because they were dirty, not old and damaged. Contractors often recommend expensive remodeling projects, although your building materials still have remaining life. Maintaining clean surfaces with SoftWash will extend the life of your exterior facades for a fraction of the cost of replacing them.

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