Maintaining your home’s siding

Tips for maintaining your home’s siding

To ensure your siding lasts the full duration of its lifespan, you must take care of it. However, different types of siding require different kinds of maintenance. The good news is that no matter what type you have, caring for it isn’t overly difficult. Much of the maintenance needed you can do on your own, and for everything else, Classic Roofing and Siding in Halifax can help. Here are some simple ways to keep your siding in top shape.


Vinyl

Vinyl siding requires very little maintenance. However, if a piece comes loose, be sure to repair it immediately (if it gets blown about in the wind, it can lose its shape). 


Additionally, we would recommend power washing it once a year to get rid of accumulated dirt and grime. It’s also a good idea to run a broom over it now and then to remove insect nests and debris.

Lastly, keep in mind that vinyl can crack or puncture so be sure to keep trees and shrubs nearby trimmed.


Aluminum

Aluminum can corrode. If it does, you should sand off the corroded areas and repaint it, or call an expert for advice, as matching paint perfectly can be difficult.

When cleaning your aluminum siding, never scrape it — this will ruin the paint! Instead, be sure to use a soft brush or cloth for cleaning.

Additionally, aluminum can become streaked with oxidation from surrounding structures. This can usually be treated with a rust remover.


Wood

On average, your wooden siding should be treated or repainted every four to six years.

However, you should keep your eyes peeled year-round for any holes or cracks that might be a possible entrance point for pests and moisture. Both will ruin wood siding fast and defects in wood should be repaired right away.


Stucco

Wash your stucco siding regularly with a garden hose to keep it clean.

Stucco is porous, which means it can easily stain. Remove blemishes with mild soap and water.

Patch any areas that have chipped to prevent mould or pests. Locate cracks and seal them before they spread.


Stone Veneer

Twice a year, thoroughly examine your stone veneer for any lose mortar or grout problems.

Don’t use wire brushes or pressure washers on your stone siding. Instead Use a soft brush and mild, non-acidic soap for cleaning. Harsh chemicals can ruin stone veneers.


Siding experts in Halifax

Classic Roofing and Siding Ltd. has decades of experience servicing homes in Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford and the surrounding areas. Contact us for help with your siding, windows or roofing without delay.

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