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Exploring Eavestrough Materials and Installation Techniques

Getting The Most From Your New House Siding

by Martha Soto

You can get nearly 60 years of use from your new vinyl house siding with a little care and regular maintenance. Keeping it clean of substances that can damage the surface is the most important task you can do to get this long life. Here is how you can get the most from your new house siding investment.

Major Dangers to Vinyl Siding

A number of natural items can keep your siding from looking new and can damage the vinyl surface, such as:

  • tree and flower pollen
  • bird droppings
  • mold and mildew
  • sap from trees and shrubbery
  • insect and bird damage from holes they make

There are also several man-made chemicals that quickly damage the finish of vinyl siding, including:

  • fertilizers and insecticides
  • strong cleaning solutions
  • motor oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid and grease
  • asphalt roof and driveway sealers

Cleaning Vinyl House Siding

Clean off anything that drips or splashes on the siding before it has a chance to damage the finish. A mild soap solution followed by a fresh water rinse should remove most substances. To clean larger areas or remove tough materials:

  • Create a solution of equal parts water and white vinegar and spray on the surface. Allow this to sit for a few minutes then rinse off with fresh water.
  • Use a soft brush or cloth to gently scrub the siding.
  • To remove oily or greasy substances, use a mild non-chlorine cleaning solution and rinse thoroughly with fresh water.
  • Start the cleaning of a section of siding at the top and work down to prevent drips or streaks of the cleaning solution on the siding.

Using a Power Washer

If you use a power washer to clean your siding, follow these tips to prevent damage to the siding.

  • Use the low power setting only.
  • Point the power washer nozzle 90 degrees to the siding so you don't force water up under the siding panels.
  • Stop using the washer before getting to door and window trim so you don't force water into the gaps between the siding and those openings.

Vinyl Siding, Sun and Shade

Constant exposure to the sun can cause siding to develop a chalky material on the surface. A mild soapy solution will remove this powdery substance and make the siding look bright again.

Siding that is in the shade constantly can develop mold and mildew in areas that never dry out. Use your vinegar and water solution to kill these plants then scrub the surface lightly with water and a soft brush to remove any residue. Contact a local siding contractor, like Ryan Roofing, for more information.