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Keeping your home’s siding in good shape is one of those things homeowners typically don’t think about until there’s an expensive problem that needs to be fixed. While most siding is designed to withstand the elements and last fairly maintenance-free, there are some simple steps you can take to make sure your home looks beautiful and well-maintained. Check out our tips below on taking care of vinyl and wood siding.
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Vinyl siding is meant to be more or less left alone. However, if you notice a loose, cracked or displaced board, address it immediately. Most homeowners will want to hire a siding contractor to come take a look — repairing siding it you’re not an expert can be tricky. In addition to looking for loose or displaced boards, it’s also a good idea to power wash your vinyl siding once a year. It’s easy to do or inexpensive to hire someone to do it for you and will make a big difference in your home’s appearance. Do this in the fall or summer months and make sure that you wash under the overhang of the boards, a popular living space for small bugs and spiders.
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Wood siding is the most expensive and also, because of the investment, the most important to put a little work into keeping up and looking nice. Because wood is porous, all wood siding should be sealed with either a clear or colored wood stain or paint. If you leave wood raw, it’s more likely to mold, rot or decay because of the moisture. You have a ton of options if you decide to paint your wood siding, it comes in practically every color and can be changed at any time. A home with wood siding must be repainted at least every five years. Wood stain allows the natural wood grain to show through. Because unlike paint, stain seeps into the wood, it’s difficult to change once stained. If you notice your wood siding is looking dirty or stained, clean your home using warm, soapy water and a soft bristled brush.
Wood siding should be treated every four to six years depending on the elements and how harsh a winter Atlanta has gotten. Added bonus of treating your wood siding is that you also need to pressure wash your home and wash your windows, so you can get that done at the same time. Wood siding can have holes or cracks that pests can get into so it’s important to inspect your home once a year to look for these problems. Replacing wood siding often involves tall ladders and heavy planks and is a job best left to a siding contractor.
Is anything about your home’s siding worrying or confusing you? If you have questions or aren’t sure what your home needs, please ask us in the comments below!