Do you have vinyl siding in your home? Here’s how to keep your siding in good shape and avoid the high costs of constant repairs.
Siding is the layer of material that is placed over the exposed area of a house. It comes in many materials and is typically made out of wood, brick, stucco, metal, or vinyl. It has many purposes and serves to:
- Enhance the aesthetic appearance of your home.
- Protect against the elements such as wind, snow, and rain.
- Keep your house warm in winter and cool in the summer.
- Increase the value of your home.
- Protect the structural integrity of your home.
Remember: New siding can give your home an instant makeover and increase the market value significantly.
Siding Repair and Installation in Calgary
Whether your siding requires repair or replacement, the team at Chinook Exteriors has the equipment and expertise to get the job done quickly. We use only the highest quality products and help facilitate professional colour matching to ensure that you find siding that perfectly suits your needs.
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Top Tips For Maintaining Your Vinyl Siding and Lowering Your Repair Costs
Vinyl siding can be durable and long-lasting, but if you don’t take care of it, it can become damaged from weather and stain due to mould and mildew. Over time, it will not only look unsightly, but it will also fail to give your home the protection it requires.
To keep your vinyl siding in good shape and avoid any costly repairs or damage to your home, follow these simple tips:
1. Clean Your Siding Regularly
As mould and mildew begin to build upon your siding, it will stain and these are not blemishes that you want people to see on your home. To clean the debris off your siding, use a pressure washer or a garden hose and brush, along with a vinyl siding cleaner.
How often should I clean my siding? Try and clean your siding at least once in the spring and again in the fall. Always test the cleaner in an inconspicuous area first, to be sure it won’t damage your siding. In addition, use a soft-bristle brush to prevent any scratches.
2. Trim Your Bushes
Landscaping that is rubbing on your siding will scratch or stain it, so cut back or remove any bushes, trees, plants, or other landscaping that is planted too closely. Consider planting all landscaping at least a foot away from your home. Trees should be planted even further to avoid any branches from scratching or otherwise damaging your siding.
3. Make Any Necessary Siding Repairs
Is your siding slipping out of place? Does it have a minor crack or hole? These are great places for pests (such as mice, roaches or termites) and water to enter, which can cause you serious issues such as structural damage or internal mould/mildew growth.
Hire Professional Siding Repair Services
If your siding is damaged, it is always best to call a home exterior professional to help you repair it. This will lead to significant benefits, including:
- Boosted home curb appeal
- You’ll avoid more costly repairs in the future
- Increased energy efficiency
- Improved home exterior quality
Does your siding appear damaged or loose? Our home exterior experts can provide quick and cost-effective siding repair services. To find out more, visit us at Chinook Exteriors, Calgary, Alberta, T3M, 0A9.