As a natural part of the lifecycle, the siding on your home is going to age – but it should do so gracefully, just as we all hope to do. Sometimes there are certain circumstances that force the siding to prematurely age and need to be replaced sooner than you planned. Understanding those circumstances and preventing them can help your siding from suffering premature aging.
Neglecting your Siding
Just like the skin on your body requires proper TLC, so does your siding. As your home goes through the seasons, it gets dirty, beat up and just run down. A little tender loving care every once in a while will help your siding from becoming too affected though. A simple and thorough cleaning, once per year can add a bit of life to your siding, as long as you follow the manufacturer’s directions.
Sun, Wind and Rain
Every home is susceptible to weather damage, no matter what type of siding you choose, but there are certain choices that you can make to minimize those issues. Excessive sun exposure might require you to side your home in a lighter color while excessive rain or hail in the area might require a certain type of siding. Whatever the case may be, talking to a professional that understands the climate and nature of the weather in your area is your best bet as then you are sure to purchase the right type of siding.
Yes, water is good for your landscaping and lawns, but it is not good for your siding. Now that spring has sprung, it is time to check your gutters to make sure that they are working right. You also need to ensure that they are pointing away from your home, rather than allowing the water to run directly onto your siding. If this is the case and it is not taken care of, you could have excessive wear and tear in that area and even put your home at risk for mold growth, which can be dangerous for everyone.
This spring, take a little time to inspect, clean and ensure that your siding is in good condition. The siding of your home is its protector – it is not worth taking a chance with it as it will only hurt you in the long run.