Arkansas vinyl siding is easy to maintain, but you have to protect it from potential staining agents, clean it with the right products, and inspect it regularly.
Vinyl is now the most common siding material in the country: data from the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that more than a third of all buildings constructed after 2012 are clad in vinyl siding. This is no surprise to us, as we know that vinyl siding is impressively durable, affordable, and easy to install. However, perhaps the best characteristic of utilizing vinyl Arkansas house siding is its ease of maintenance. You can easily keep your home’s vinyl siding clean and in excellent condition by following these 3 tips:
1. Protect Your Siding From Spills and Stains
Being a home exterior product, your Arkansas house siding will typically accumulate a host of dirt, stains, mildew, and more as the weather changes. Furthermore, if it comes in contact with herbicides, insecticides, or fertilizers, the vinyl may become discolored.
You should protect your siding by avoiding contact with these products, as well as household maintenance products such as driveway sealants, caulking, motor oil, and paint. Also, trim trees and shrubbery near your home so that your siding does not become tarnished by falling branches, sap, insects, or birds.
2. Use the Right Cleaning Materials
Vinyl siding is best cleaned using a 70% water and 30% white vinegar solution (like Windex). You can also mix one gallon of water with 1/4 cup of laundry bleach, 2/3 cup of household cleaner, and 1/3 cup of laundry detergent. You’ll need a soft cloth or a soft-bristle brush to clean your siding. For areas that cannot be reached easily, use a long-handed soft-brush. To prevent streaking, scrub the surface working from the bottom upwards and rinse thoroughly.
You can also elect to use a power washer, but be careful to follow the equipment’s user instructions (and the cleaning instructions of your vinyl siding provider) regarding the amount of pressure and types of cleaners to use in order to avoid damaging your vinyl siding or equipment.
3. Inspect and Clean Your Siding Regularly
Regular care is the only way to protect your home’s siding, preserve its aesthetic appeal, and maintain its high durability. For the best results, you should clean your vinyl siding at least once a year. This is because for homes in Arkansas, weather is a considerable factor that affects your siding’s appearance.
Storms and strong winds that arise during tornado season can sometimes scar Arkansas house siding and can even pull it off the house. Consistent humidity during the summer months can also cause mildew to become a problem. You’ll need to perform seasonal checks, as well as post-storm checks, to ensure that the siding is still clean and firmly attached to your house.
What to Do If Your Siding Is Damaged, Not Dirty
Remember that even with the best maintenance, your vinyl siding will need to be replaced at some point. Contact SC Home if you notice any of the followings signs that it’s time to replace your Arkansas home’s vinyl siding:
- Your heating and cooling costs continue to increase
- Your siding is cracked and loose
- Your siding is badly faded or discolored
- You can see bubbles in the siding panels
When it comes time to replace your vinyl siding, request a free project quote from SC Home – Roofing, Windows & Siding today or call (501) 588-0842 to speak to a siding representative.