Is your siding dingy, mildewed or streaked with bird droppings? If so, your home’s appearance isn’t likely doing much for its curb appeal. As siding installers in West Jordan, the team at Capitol Exteriors has some advice for you about how to clean your siding so your home looks beautiful again.
Trees Aren’t Good for Siding
Tree branches that brush against your home or your roof cause problems to erupt prematurely with your siding and gutters.
Pine trees can leave sticky sap on your siding and can clog your gutters with pine needles. Other types of trees can scratch your siding and even eventually break it, as well as clog your gutters with leaves and acorns. Trees also provide shade, which can lead to mildew growth on your home. If the sun never shines on areas of your siding, it doesn’t have a chance to dry out after a rainstorm.
If you have trees near your home, it’s important to keep them trimmed so they don’t touch your house.
Cleaning Vinyl Siding
Vinyl siding is remarkably resilient and easy to take care of. Most often, all it needs is hosing down. However, sometimes simple hosing isn’t enough.
To get rid of dirt and grime on your siding, you may want to invest in a soft scrub brush with a telescoping handle. While you can buy siding cleaner at home improvement stores, usually simple soap and water will do fine.
However, if you need to get rid of mildew, you may need to add some bleach to the water. Bleach can kill any plants that grow near your home, so if you need to avoid this, try using a non-chlorinated bleach like Oxiclean.
When rinsing your siding, take care not to blast it from underneath with your hose — getting water behind the siding can cause more mildew as well as rot the wood underneath the siding.
Pressure washing is not advised for vinyl siding. It’s usually unnecessary and has the potential to crack the siding or force water behind it.
Cleaning Wood Siding
Most wood siding can be cleaned similarly, by hosing it off or using a gentle cleanser and a long-handled brush.
While some experts believe pressure washing wood siding is OK, we advise against it. When you pressure wash wood, it doesn’t just remove the dirt — the pressure removes the entire top layer of the wood, as well as any protectants that have been applied. This leaves the wood vulnerable to premature aging.
Cleaning Hardie Board Siding
James Hardie, maker of Hardie board siding, recommends cleaning siding with a mild solution and a soft cloth or brush in a side-to-side motion. The company cautions against using a pressure washer, and also says not to allow cleaning products to dry on the planks, but instead to rinse them off right away.
West Jordan Siding Company
Now that you know how to keep your siding in good repair, it should last a long time. However, if you should ever need siding repair for your West Jordan home, Capitol Exteriors provides fast and efficient siding repair as well as siding installation.