Ensuring your Columbus home is well cared for is part and parcel of being a homeowner. Routine maintenance helps us keep costs down and keeps needed repairs to a minimum. And when you’re talking home exterior, little is more important than the health and cleanliness of your siding! At APCO, our professionals take home exterior care very seriously, and today we’d like to take a moment to help you understand how to clean your siding effectively and why it’s so important.
Your siding is one of the first lines of defense against weather, wind, and sun damage. Modern siding keeps your home safe, and even plays a vital role in energy-efficiency! And while current siding options tend to be very resilient and durable, they aren’t impervious. Leaving dirt and grime caked on can rapidly develop into cracks and damage, and even potentially mold infestation, which will all result in a costly and untimely replacement.
To combat this problem, routine cleaning is key! Not only will it help to keep your gorgeous Ohio home looking its best, but it will mitigate general wear and tear, protecting both your investment in siding installation and your home.
Vinyl is durable, attractive, and tends to last a long, long time. And thankfully, keeping it clean is actually pretty fuss-free! To get your vinyl clean and clear, follow these steps:
You can employ the use of a pressure washer if you’re dealing with some years-old grime, but be sure to consult your siding products specs, as some vinyl siding can be damaged by pressure washers on high settings.
Taking care of finished, coated, or painted wood is actually fairly similar to what you did with the vinyl. There are a few key differences, however. First off, do not rely on a pressure washer! Those things can strip down wood, making a massive mess.
Secondly, you’ll need to pay attention to your cleaner of choice again. The vinegar mixture listed above works just fine, and there are some really good chemical products available at your hardware store, too. We wouldn’t highly recommend the bleach, but your wood siding in Ohio might handle it differently than others.