Sugar Land Roofing: Article About Caring For Your Home's Siding
Each component of your home's exterior is a part of an overall system designed to keep water, heat and cold out of your home. Today's materials have been designed to last several decades before they will need to be replaced. However, if they are not properly cared for and maintained, they will fail much sooner than they were meant to, leaving your home at the mercy of Mother Nature. Your home's siding is no exception.
One of the most important things you can do to protect your home's siding is to keep your gutters and downspouts clean and free of clogs. If your home does not have gutters, have them installed right away. Sugar Land Roofing has been installing gutters and siding for decades and they have the knowledge and experience to help you keep your siding in excellent condition.
Without properly functioning gutters, water that falls from the roof will collect at the base of your home, creating a possible situation for your home's siding to be exposed to water, its archenemy. Additionally, the water splashes as it falls, causes unsightly stains on the siding that may not wash off, depending on your area's soil composition.
Maintain a distance of six inches from the ground and the lowest point of the siding.
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Do not backfill this area with dirt or mulch for your landscaping. Contact with the ground is often an entry point for insects and moisture, both of which can cause problems for your siding.
Ideally, nothing should be planted within three feet of your home to prevent sprinkler water from discoloring the siding. Keep your trees and shrubs trimmed away from your home. During windy times, the branches can cause damage to the siding's finish and compromise its ability to withstand moisture.
To maintain your home's beauty and your siding's performance, wash your siding once or twice a year. This can be done with a garden hose and a soft bristle brush. Use a mild detergent if necessary. Never use steel bristle brushes or a power washer. These harsh tools are unnecessary and may even damage your siding. Moreover, using them may void your warranty.
After you wash your siding, look for areas where the caulk may be cracked or missing. Be sure to inspect penetrations, such as the dryer vent and water spigots. Other areas to inspect are the flashing and trim connections. Choose a flexible caulk that is recommended by your siding's manufacturer.