How To Maintain Your Siding

Maintaining Your Home's Siding

When it comes to siding, there are many materials and finishes designed to not only embellish the exterior of the house, but also provide weather protection. Maintenance depends on each material.

  • Wood siding

Protecting wood siding with appropriate chemical solutions is extremely important and must be performed regularly according to experienced Topeka roofing professionals. For a natural finish, the simple application of a colorless waterproof solution will ensure that the wood will preserve its condition for a while. For longer maintenance intervals, as well as an aesthetically superior appearance, there are acrylic or oil-based paints. In regions with high temperatures, open colors are indicated, because they absorb less heat and thus provide increased protection

If wood siding panels are not treated with any chemical solution, they are expected to discolor and degrade over time.

  • Fiber cement siding

Fiber cement siding is low-maintenance, but not maintenance-free. It requires periodic cleaning using a power-washing garden hose, to remove dirt, mold and mildew, as well as repainting. How much the paint lasts depends on the type of fiber cement siding you have purchased.

  • Vinyl siding

Vinyl siding is a very convenient material and, in terms of maintenance, all you have to do is power washing it now and then.

  • Aluminum siding

Besides regular cleaning, aluminum siding is prone to scratching, so you will have to do small touchups and repairs quite often, using grit sandpaper, special fillers, spray paint (or a zinc oxide primer, where there is no colored enamel).