How to Maintain Your Home’s Exterior Siding

Despite the fact that it is not one of the more popular topics when it comes to home remodeling and improvement, exterior siding is an extremely important part of any home. And whether it’s made from vinyl, metal, wood, or composite materials, you must make sure your siding is kept in great shape through maintenance and repair. If you do, your siding will add to the aesthetic value of your home. But if you don’t make sure it is taken care of properly, problems with your siding will negatively affect your home’s look and feel.

In addition to how it affects the appearance of your home, exterior siding also provides you with vital weather protection. For starters, siding shields your home’s exterior walls from the significant damage that can result from rain, snow, and wind. Exterior siding also provides great insulation, which can help you save on your power bills. But if your home’s siding is not regularly maintained by either you personally, or an experienced Sacramento siding contractor, you may be left vulnerable to the elements.

Here are some simple ways to maintain your home’s exterior siding:

Clean It

This is the first step to keeping your exterior siding in great physical shape and looking its best. And the best part is, cleaning it is incredibly simple. A normal garden hose will work perfectly. Just walk around your house and spray the grime, dirt, and grit right off! You must be careful, however, not to spray at a vertical angle directly up at your siding. If you do, water can slip underneath the panels and cause damage to your home’s exterior walls. You should also avoid using a pressure washer or a hose with too much power, as this could damage certain types of siding.

Inspect It

Every so often, it is a very smart idea for you to walk around your home and take a good look at your siding to see if there are any issues, especially those that can lead to water damage. Look carefully for any areas where the paint has started to peel or wear, cracks have begun to show, or gaps have formed between exterior siding boards. Make sure to give special attention to high-risk areas, such as those that are exposed to a lot of direct sunlight, and the trim around your windows and doors. Because of the stresses on these parts of your home, they are some of the most likely spots to be breached.

Quickly Repair It

If you find any issues with your siding when you inspect it, you should do your best to repair them as quickly as possible. If the issues are minor, you may be able to repair them yourself. But for any non-basic issues, you should consider calling in a reputable Sacramento siding contractor, who will professionally inspect your home’s siding to find any and all problems. They will then explain the situation to you and quickly repair these issues in order to ensure that your home continues to be well-protected from the elements, and looking at its best.

If you would like to talk to a Sacramento siding contractor about exterior siding repair, maintenance, or installation, please contact the professionals at Russ Johnson Construction, who would be happy to come out to your home and give you a free estimate.

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