Although vinyl siding generally requires much less maintenance than other types of siding, it is still important that homeowners take the time to wash it at least once a year. The easiest way to do so is by using a pressure washer, which should allow you to easily reach all areas from the ground. By spending a few hours pressure washing your house once or twice a year, you can go a long way towards ensuring your home's exterior remains attractive for years to come.
Pressure washing vinyl siding isn't difficult, but it does require that you take your time and pay special attention in order to prevent damage. Still, the process should be simple as long as you follow these steps.
Inspect Your Siding
The first thing you'll want to do is do a full inspection of your siding to make sure there are no missing, loose or cracked pieces as these will need to be repaired prior to washing. At the same time, it's also important to identify where and how the siding overlaps. Finally, make sure that all windows are fully sealed and caulked to prevent water from leaking inside.
Prepare Your Plants
Before pressure washing, you'll first want to thoroughly water and then cover all nearby plants. This will hopefully help to prevent the washing detergent from harming the plants. You'll also want to make sure to trim any branches out of the way if they will interfere with your washing.
Start Off with Soap
You'll generally need to use specialty pressure-washer soap to fully clean the siding but it's always important to test a small area to make sure it won't damage or discolor the siding. After pouring the soap into the reservoir, gently spray a small section of siding using the soap nozzle. This nozzle generally has a lower-pressure blast to ensure the chemicals in the soap don't damage the vinyl.
Make sure to only ever spray at a downwards angle and watch out so you don't spray into the overlaps. This should help prevent water from getting trapped behind the siding and potentially causing mold or other damage.
Lather, Rinse and Repeat
When using the soap, it's important to never spray too large of an area at a time as you never want to let the soap dry. Therefore, you'll need to regularly switch back and forth between soap and plain water. Due to the small size of the reservoir, often you can just wait until you run out of soap, and then use this as an opportunity to make the switch and start rinsing.
When you do this, you'll also want to switch and use a general purpose nozzle (10 to 15 degrees). This will provide a more powerful spray to effectively rinse off the soap and take care of any stuck-on dirt and grime.
Clean and Dry
You'll need to repeat this process again and again, working one small section at a time until you've finished the entire house. On a big house, this could end up taking you all day, whereas it may only take a few hours on a smaller property. Either way, you should go around and dry off all of the interior and exterior corners of the siding just to make sure that that excess water doesn't seep behind.
While it does take some time, pressure washing your siding is most definitely worth it. In fact, most homeowners don't even realize just how much dirt and grime is actually on their home until they start cleaning. So give it a try—the results are almost guaranteed to surprise you.
Siding is a great way to add some of your personality to the exterior of your home. You can add color to your home or set a distinctive style for your home from the rest of your neighborhood. While the aesthetics of your home are important to you, the durability, water resistance, and installation process should all be considered and weighed heavily when you are searching for the perfect new siding.
Vinyl Siding is the most popular choice for siding for homeowners in the United States because of its low cost and versatility. Vinyl siding is also very easy to take care of and comes in a variety of colors that make up for the plastic look of the material. If you love DIY projects, vinyl is a great choice because it is available at nearly all home improvement stores and takes few tools to install.
Wood siding is most commonly used in bungalow style houses. It is also very popular in cape cod and cottage style homes. This look is very natural looking and can be painted. Maintaining this siding is a little more involved than with other choices because every few years the siding will need to be repainted or staining to prevent weather damage. This type of siding is also more susceptible to insect and rodent problems so diligence in pest control must be adhered to. This type of siding can last anywhere from 10 years to 100 depending on how well it is taken care of. Brick siding is commonly found in Colonial, Tudor and English cottage homes and is made from red fired clay. This type of siding has stood the test of time as a popular choice because of its durability. In new construction, the brick siding is made of veneers that are held together with mortar and a membrane must be installed between the brick veneer and the wood structure of the house because water can penetrate the veneer.
Fiber cement siding can offer the look of brick, stucco, or wood at a much lower cost which makes this type of siding a very popular choice among homeowners. Not only does it cost less, it is non-flammable, termite resistant and very low maintenance. You can also have the siding painted, as well as textured, to give it a personal touch. This type of siding will need to be replaced every 25-50 years.
Stucco Siding needs to have a galvanized-metal screening and a waterproof barrier applied over the walls of the home to add protection and create a base for the stucco to be installed. This look is typically found in Mediterranean and Spanish-mission homes. This siding is rigid and is tricky to install to avoid cracking. Stucco siding can last the lifetime of the house if applied properly and need little maintenance.
Stone Siding gives homes a natural and elegant look. The durability alone of stone such as granite and limestone appeal to homeowners because this siding can add to their property value. Stone also adds a lot of aesthetic charm to a home because of its texture and uniqueness. No two homes with stone siding will look the same. This type of siding is the most expensive however. There is a more affordable option to use stone veneer which is also lighter weight and synthetic. Veneer needs to be power washed annually.
To find out what the best option for your budget is, call us today and we will happily set up a consultation at your home.
Finding a reputable window installation service can be easier than one might think. A quick stop at the builder’s desk of your local building supply should provide you with a good list of reputable installers. A good installer should have experience. Not all do, so ask. They should be able to provide you with references if you want them, and be sure to check them.
Typically you can also get an estimate to get an idea of cost of the job. Of course the cost will vary depending on the type of window that is installed.
With cold weather approaching, homeowners, and even renters are going to see their energy costs going up as they heat their homes. Those who are from areas of cold, snowy and icy, winter weather, are no stranger to the many activities people have to do in order to winterize their home. Some of these steps to lower your energy consumption and protect you home during the winter can be done quickly, and others will take several hours, but all should be done before cold weather sets in.
A new deck provides the opportunity to expand your living space outdoors. This sought after home extension can be used for summer parties, lounging, and outside dining. But before you start planning and begin the process of building a deck, it is important to do some research. It is necessary to understand all of what goes along with owning a deck, such as which materials to use, maintenance, price range, and extra add-ons, to determine what design will work best for you. The more you investigate, the more ideas you will find to consider.