Keeping Your Vinyl Siding Looking Like New

Posted on: 13 January 2016

If you have just had a contractor finish up a vinyl siding installation on your home, you will most likely enjoy the new appearance it gives your abode. To keep your vinyl siding looking as nice as it does right after a professional installation, there are several maintenance steps you can take in ensuring it is cared for properly. Here are some tips to use when taking care of vinyl siding to help prolong its life and keep it looking like new.

Check For Areas Needing Repair

Don't ignore your siding once it is in place. Do spot checks each week to make sure there are no pieces needing attention. If a piece is not intact with the remainder of the siding pieces, simply lift up the piece above the loose portion and snap the top of the loose piece into the groove on the piece above it. If you notice any rips or tears in your siding, call your contractor right away as the vinyl may be under warranty. They may do a replacement free of charge if this is the case. 

Clean The Vinyl Regularly

Take the time to keep your home's exterior clean by washing it down with an appropriate vinyl cleaner. This can be found in a hardware or home goods store. Some are used by attaching to a pressure washer and applying along with water. Others can be applied with a non-abrasive mop or a broom with a towel wrapped around the bristles. Mop or sweep the detergent over the vinyl planks and rinse well with a pressure washer afterwards.

If you see an exceptionally dirty area, use a non-abrasive sponge to work the detergent into the debris, helping to dislodge it from the siding. If you leave debris in place for too long, the sun will fade the portions not affected by dirt. This will make your home appear blotchy when you do get around to cleaning the debris. Use a mold remover on any green or black mildew you notice on the home.

Take Care During Outside Activities

To keep siding from premature wear, make sure you do not use a barbecue or grill too close to the home. Excessive heat can cause the vinyl to melt or warp over time. When doing landscaping, cover the bottom portions of your home's siding beforehand. This will save you from having to clean off lawn clippings, lime, or pesticides from the vinyl. Failing to cover the vinyl first can lead it to exposure to chemicals that may alter the coloring.