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Siding protects a house’s exterior from the elements. While many homeowners don’t think about siding maintenance, there are ways to make it look better and last longer. This article outlines siding maintenance tips for different types of siding.

Vinyl Siding Maintenance

One of the reasons vinyl siding is so popular is because of its low maintenance requirements and affordability. If a panel comes loose in severe weather, it should be repaired right away. Vinyl siding can get dirty and grow mildew, so a yearly pressure washing will help keep it looking fresh and clean.

Brick Maintenance

Brick siding is built to last for a very long time. It is durable and requires little maintenance, but there are still some tasks that will help keep it in good condition. In some areas, brick can grow moss and mildew, which needs to be scrubbed off.

Repointing is another maintenance task that brick will eventually need. When the mortar between bricks becomes weathered or damaged, the mortar should be renewed at the joints to keep them secure and stable so they’ll protect your home. It is important that the new mortar matches the original, so it is best for a professional to complete this job.

Stucco Upkeep

Stucco is another premium siding material also known for its durability. Stucco is porous and can get stained. It can normally be cleaned with a garden hose or pressure washer, but some stubborn stains may require scrubbing and treatment by a chemical solution called trisodium phosphate. You can repair damaged stucco by patching it, which is normally a quick and simple process.

Taking Care of Wood Siding

Wood siding requires the most maintenance of all siding materials. It is not the best choice for harsh climates that see severe storms. It should be treated every 4-6 years and may require repairs more often than that. Holes and cracks in wood siding pose the risk of water intrusion and insect infestation. Rotting or damaged panels should be replaced.

Metal Siding Maintenance

Metal siding is low-maintenance, but if it begins to rust or the paint begins to chip, it should be addressed. Scrape off any rust and then apply a sealant to keep it from returning.

If your metal siding is painted, inspect for chipped areas. If the paint is chipping and you don’t have the budget to repaint the whole house, just scrape the affected areas and repaint them.

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