Thursday, 15 January 2015

How to Prolong the Life of Your Siding

Your siding is the "face" of your home, making it attractive and protecting what's inside. While today's siding can last for many years, you do need to take some steps to ensure that you get the longest life out of your home's siding. Here are some tips to help you prolong the life of your siding.

No ivy, no problem

Ivy is undeniably beautiful growing along the side of your home, but it's a real killer when it comes to the life of your siding. Ivy can cause moisture to build up between it and the side of your home, leading to rot and mold. Also, the tendrils of ivy can grow between the sections of siding, causing them to warp, crack, and allow the elements into your home's structure. 

Keep trees and shrubs at a distance

The shade of a tall, leafy tree beside your house may look tempting on a hot summer day, but replacing cracked siding doesn't seem quite as appealing. If you let your trees grow too close to your home, the branches can grow into the siding, damaging it and your home. 

Shrubs that are allowed to grow too close to your house can do similar damage, so you need to make sure you keep any trees and shrubs trimmed safely away from your siding.

Avoid using your barbecue grill too close to the home

Heat and smoke can damage your siding if your grill is used too close to your home, so keep the grill far enough away to prevent them from damaging your siding.

Clean your siding

Siding gets dirty over time, and that dirt can shorten the life of your siding if left unchecked. If you notice that your siding is dirty, wash it with a soft, wet cloth and mild soap. Depending on your siding's manufacturer guidelines, you may be able to use a pressure washer to remove built up dirt and debris. 

If you make a little time to take care of your siding, you can prolong its life and keep your home looking beautiful for years to come.

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