Your home’s siding is its first layer of protection from nature’s harsh elements. Here are a few maintenance tips to keep your home’s exterior performing as it should.
Inspect Siding for Cracks, Tears, Loose Panels
Since siding protects the wooden structure of your home, ensure moisture is unable to seep beneath it. Take a good look for exterior damage like tears or cracks. We get our share of strong wind in Chester, Virginia so make sure if your siding is vinyl that the panels are securely fastened.
Trim Trees and Bushes
The sharp jutting branches of an azalea or holly bush can damage siding. Prune branches and greenery away from the house, giving at least 3-5 inches of space. Keep plants away from direct contact with your home to help with insect control. Virginia homes are more susceptible to termite damage than some other regions. A clear view of your home’s foundation will help you keep an eye out for termite activity as well as ants and other insects.
Clean Away Dirt and Mildew
Keep your siding looking its best by scrubbing away dirt and mildew. A power washer, a diluted bleach solution (1 part beach to 4 parts water), and some elbow grease are all it takes to make your siding shine like new. Just make sure your power washer setting is not so powerful that it damages the siding itself.
Remember Gutters and Roofing
Remove leaves and debris from gutters twice a year to prevent damage to your siding. If you prefer worry-free gutters, consider installing gutter guards which keep your gutters clear of leaves, pine needles, and other debris.
Your roof is another exterior feature which requires regular inspection and maintenance to prevent future water damage.
If you need assistance maintaining your home’s siding, cleaning out gutters, installing gutter guards, or roof repair or replacement, contact your neighborhood handyman, Case Chester. No home improvement project is too large or too small!