One of the benefits of replacing faulty siding with products from James Hardie® and other trusted manufacturers is minimal maintenance. The ability to remain unaffected by moisture and other harsh elements of modern siding solutions can save you money over the long term.
But then again, low-maintenance is different from maintenance-free. Do inspections, and carry out regular cleaning to keep your siding spotless, beautiful and in good shape.
As the authority on Boulder Creek® Stone and James Hardie siding products, Twin Cities Siding Professionals shares expert preventive maintenance tips:
Watch Out for Gaps
Before you wash your siding, look for cracks and holes to prevent water intrusion. Check the areas where the panels butt against other fixtures, including windows, doors and molding. Caulk wears away over time, so such seams become vulnerable to water infiltration as years go by.
If you spot gaps, call in a siding contractor immediately. Professionals know which type of sealant to use and how and when to apply it for maximum adhesion.
Clean With Warm Soapy Water
Warm water can effectively soften dirt buildup for easy cleaning. Plain water may work to remove dust or dirt from siding surfaces completely. However, a slightly stronger solution may be necessary to get rid of organic contaminants like oil or grease.
Start From the Top
Using a soft-bristled brush attached to a long handle, scrub dirty areas from top to bottom. Twin Cities Siding Professionals recommends this strategy so the cleaned areas will stay clean as you work your way down and will dry faster.
Divide your entire siding system into sections for organization, and wash a small section at a time. When hosing soapy panels, use a low-pressure washer to protect the structural integrity of your siding.
Any smart siding installation and repair specialist would advise against moving to the next section until you rinse the previous one completely. Soap is harder to wash off as it dries up.
To upgrade to a low-maintenance siding system, turn to Twin Cities Siding Professionals. Call us at (651) 967-0873 to set up your FREE in-home estimate in Minneapolis and to explore different high-quality products.