The coldest time of the year is the most trying time for many parts of your home’s exterior, from the roof to the siding. Just about anything can be damaged by freezing, thawing and refreezing, as well as prolonged wetness.
To care for your siding and prepare it for winter, here are a few pieces of advice from Classic Remodeling Corp.
Vinyl is one of the best materials for siding. It’s basically an install-and-forget-it type, but the forget part is relative. Weather, time and upkeep all have a say in it. To make your siding last a long time, clean it using a garden hose, a mild detergent and a soft brush or a microfiber cloth. A thick microfiber cloth is great because it picks up dirt as you clean and keeps it away from the surface you’re cleaning. It doesn’t streak or scratch, either.
Avoid repainting your vinyl siding, as this can void your warranty. Your siding should come with some instructions from the manufacturer and it’s best to follow those instructions. You can also call your siding contractor for more tips on its care.
Wood is perhaps the most vulnerable type of siding. Many people choose it for its great looks, though. Wood doesn’t like exposure to water, so to protect it, use a recommended paint or stain. Staining can prolong its life, but it doesn’t have the protective and sealing properties of paint. Paint can fill in small holes and it can also last longer than stains.
Wood is flammable, so if you have a barbecue for the holidays, keep the fire far from your siding.
Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber cement is known for its ability to mimic other types of siding, but its true claim to fame is its inherent durability. Tough though it may be, fiber cement still needs some upkeep. It’s highly receptive to paint, but follow the manufacturer’s recommendations when repainting. Have some caulk handy to ensure its heat retention.
As a siding and roofing company, Classic Remodeling Corp. can help you maintain your siding and roof in time for the winter season. Call us today at (201) 228-9006 for your free estimate. We offer our services in Paramus and in Hackensack, NJ.