Vinyl siding is popular with homeowners for many reasons, including its affordability, ease of maintenance, and versatility. Vinyl siding comes in a variety of styles and finishes, and can even look like wood or stone. While easy to maintain, there are still some things you should keep in mind in order to protect and care for your vinyl siding. Following these tips will keep your vinyl siding looking like new and help prevent scratches and other damage.
1. Trim Your Trees
One of the biggest threats to vinyl siding is nearby trees since in a bad storm, the branches can fall off and scratch or otherwise damage your siding. Trees with branches hanging too close to your home also provide an opportunity for pests like squirrels to tear up your vinyl siding and damage your roof. Since fallen branches can also damage roof tiles and break windows, this is an important annual maintenance tip for homeowners with trees on their property. While you can get on a ladder and trim branches back yourself, the best approach is to hire a tree service company to make sure the job is done correctly.
2. Clean Out Your Gutters
When your gutters are dirty and clogged with dead leaves and branches, they can't move water away from your home the way they're supposed to. The result is that rain and snow fall down the side of your house instead, possibly causing water damage to your vinyl siding. The simple solution is to clean out your gutters (or hire a company to do so for you!) at least a couple of times a year, and more often if you live in an area with frequent major storms. Your clean gutters will guide water away from your home where it can't damage your siding, foundation, or roof.
3. Insulate Your Attic
It may not seem obvious, but your attic insulation has a big effect on your siding, especially if you live in an area prone to cold winter temperatures. An under-insulated attic leads to extreme temperature fluctuations on your roof because hot air is released from the attic onto the cold roof, causing ice to melt and then refreeze over and over. This leads to icicles, which when melted leak down the back of your siding and weaken it. Since adding attic insulation also lowers your utility bills, it's really a win-win solution.
As you can see, taking steps to protect your vinyl siding also protects the rest of your home. By taking care of your vinyl siding by following these tips, you will keep the exterior of your home looking its best for a long time to come. For more information, contact your local siding services.