Your home’s siding, along with your roof, is your first line of defense against the elements, protecting your walls from dust, rain, snow and whatever nature throws your way. Siding is also the first thing your neighbors see, so it can either beautify your home or do the exact opposite.
Siding is exposed to the elements day and night, through every season, so it’s only natural that it needs some type of maintenance. But there are different materials used to manufacture siding. So, what you have to figure out is how you’re supposed to keep yours looking and functioning well over the years. Polk Contracting, Inc., your local siding and residential roofing service provider, offers this guide.
Usually, vinyl siding is made to be left alone since it doesn’t exactly rot the way wood siding does over time. Vinyl siding can develop cracks or sustain punctures, however, and harsh weather can cause a piece of the siding to come loose or get bent, thus requiring replacement. To keep your siding clean and free of small insects, use a regular garden hose, a clean sponge, a soft brush and some soapy water at least once a year.
Unlike vinyl siding, maintenance for wood is always a must and its frequency depends on the elements in your area, but usually, wood siding must be treated every four to six years. One way to maintain wood siding is by using a sealer such as paint to prevent water from seeping in and rotting the siding. Because of the complicated ways wood siding has to be maintained, it’s always best to contact your local roofing contractor to get the job done for you.
Stucco siding is made of cement, sand, lime and water and is one of the toughest types of siding, as it can last as long as 50 to 80 years, provided the right amount of maintenance is given. The type of maintenance is usually dependent on the elements. One way to maintain stucco is by giving it a simple cleaning and wiping down. However, for cracks and other damage, a stucco patch may be required.
The beauty of metal siding is that it’s not as maintenance-heavy as most others are; metal reject insects, will not rot and is resistant to fire. However, your type of metal siding might not be immune to rust so if you see signs of this, it’s best to use sealant. For heavier damage, it’s advisable to get professional help.
Polk Contracting, Inc. is one of the leading insurance restoration contractors in the area. To learn more about our products and services, call us at (410) 660-2922 or fill out our contact form for a free estimate. We serve clients in Harford County and surrounding areas.