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Maintaining Your Home’s Exterior

June 20th, 2023 by tisner

We spend more time inside our homes than outside, and regular cleaning and maintenance of the outside of our homes is not something we think of as often. Taking care of the siding of our homes extends its lifespan and keeps our homes looking great!

  • Warm water and mild detergent are your first defense in keeping any siding material clean. Use a long-handled brush with soft bristles, and working in small sections, scrub from top to bottom to avoid streaks.
  • Pressure washing is a great way to clean the outside but take care because you do not want to put a hole through vinyl or damage wood. Bob Vila offers a wonderful guide on the best use of a power washer for exteriors.
  • Inspect your siding before you begin cleaning. Take care of any problems as soon as possible to prevent further damage and costly repairs. 
  • All siding: check for water or insect damage, foundational cracks

  • Wood siding: look for peeling paint, cracked caulking boards, and trim

  • Brick: crumbling bricks or mortar, and foundational cracks

  • Vinyl: loose, warped, or cracked sections

  • Stucco: cracks and holes
  • Painting the siding does not have to happen often, it simply depends on the material: 
  • Wood siding: every 3-7 years, or every four years if it is stained

  • Aluminum siding: about five years

  • Stucco: every 5-6 years

  • Cement fiberboard siding: 10-20 years
  • Wood siding needs a little extra care for preventing insect and water damage. It should be treated with a sealer every two-five years, depending on where you live.
  • Tougher grime, such as mildew or algae, may need more than soapy water. Hydrogen peroxide and white vinegar will remove algae and mildew, and both are better alternatives for landscaping and your lungs than chlorine bleach. Peroxide cleaners are available in most home stores. 

While the home’s exterior is a large job to tackle, once it is done it will be easier to maintain over time. Regular inspection is more important, as the elements and other factors are always present. Proper maintenance and cleaning will not only add more life to the exterior materials, but it will also maintain the value of your biggest investment! 

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