Simple Tips to Keep Your Home Siding In Good Shape

Written by MCM Home Exteriors 

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A home siding is a thick protective installation made of vinyl, brick, aluminum, or wood over the exterior walls of the house. Vinyl sidings provide thermal insulation and weather resistance. These have culled popularity in recent years. Brick sidings are the foundation for concrete yet they might be expensive, though durable and valuable. However, they would need a proper water drainage system to prevent any water leaks. Aluminum is less expensive, yet they don’t retain their appearance over many passing years. Wood is a good conductor of electric energy, can rot and allow insects to spoil its composure. So whatever you choose, there are siding facts you must know. There are a few tips you could find useful to maintain some kinds of home siding.

Vinyl

Vinyl is low in maintenance since it doesn’t get infested with carpenter ants and termites. However, the homeowner must ensure to keep plantation like shrubbery and plants in general away from the house so that it doesn’t tarnish the vinyl. Tie plants with plastic tarps if near the wall. Vinyl sidings don’t need redos like painting and finishing; Vinyl can retain its durability for more than 40 years. Although it is not prone to rot and does not become worn out, it can crack or puncture. You can slate a replacement if it gets damaged. In a wind storm and other weather issues like hurricanes or tornadoes, the vinyl sidings get unhooked and can get parted from the exterior walls of a house. So, the homeowners and constructors must ensure the vinyl panels are fixed tightly to the particleboard. Also, other options in a hurricane or tornado nation should be sought after. To remove mildew and mould from the vinyl sheets or to clean vinyl, one must dilute water with laundry detergent or use another cleaning agent. A garden hose, stiff-bristle brush, bucket and sponge with the required soap mix, proves useful in spunging vinyl. Finally, the vinyl home siding must be rinsed with clean water. In the case of painting, once repainted, subsequent painting is not required for 4-5 years. When the initial paint was used, the paint goes deep into the material so it won’t wear away, until one changes the paint with much thicker coats, colour schemes and concepts. A sure fix is 100% acrylic latex paint. You must clean your vinyl home siding and apply this paint twice a year.

Wood

Wooden sidings are prone to rotting and insect infestation. They also develop moulds, grime, dust and mildew. In order to revamp the wood home sidings, ensure you use a soft-bristled brush and warm, soapy water. In order to take away the sticky pollutants off the wooden texture in the home siding, use a fungus-cleaning cleanser. Then, rinse with water well. Discolouration caused on the wood siding can be restored by using a brightener or a wood cleaner. You must also clean wood that is despoiled of its smooth and coat the metal fasteners in wood that rust leaving marks in the wood. Nails and screws when not galvanized and due to the metallic oxidization, leave stains on the wood. For this, use oxalic acid-soluble with warm water at the tainted spots and cover the streaks with stainless steel or galvanised steel. While treating all kinds of wooden siding hassles, wear-eye protection. Use appropriate gloves for acids. You may have to caulk cracks in wood or drilling stains. Wood gets exhausted with humidity and the heat. Water can seep into the wood material and rot the home siding. Around open outlets in the wooden structural exteriors, the outer seams chip or burst. Hence, wood even excellent branded wood like cypress, redwood and cedar, requires a high-quality sealer. It is important to use a great caulk.

Brick

Bricks are a durable architectural component. Though they are long-lasting, they can crack, and the joints may split. With natural elements posing this issue such as heavy rains, hurricanes, tornadoes, hail, snow, and so on, the water can seep into the brick and cause damage. Mortar bursts caused by nature and tide lines caused by rising damp from the ground permeates the brick structure of the home siding. This can form crevices which is why extensive repairs are required. Brick erosion can be remedied with replacement. You may want to hire a mason for repointing. Efflorescence and spalling of brick home sidings need attention. Efflorescence is the salt content caused when water evaporates from a brick siding or when a brick siding is porous. Spalling is when the brick is in pieces while in a structure. A silane- or siloxane-based sealer is the best solution. Shielding the brick by the application of bonding sealers is an optimum consideration. When the paint is used to adorn a brick siding, recoating the siding with paint is easy. However, to remove existing paint is a draining job. Sandblasting is not feasible. Chemicals, used for removal of the tint, are the only ultimate method. Try this for a more suitable protective cover in-home siding.

After all these pieces of information garnered for a personal touch with your exteriors, you get to decide from a range of ways and methods to take care of your home siding. Home maintenance is all you need to look out for. We are leading providers in aesthetic and cosmetic home siding affairs. From home security standpoint, by now you will have known home sidings and how important they are. If you are looking for home siding services, you can call us at 780-468-9297 in the Edmonton area.

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