Many home owners realize that with ownership, comes upkeep. Some learn the hard way that being a home owner, home improvement costs add up real quick. So wouldn’t you want to try to get the most out of your hard earned dollars by doing some simple bi-annual maintenance on the exterior of your house to keep vinyl siding cost down and not have to replace your vinyl siding? I bet you would..
Keep vinyl siding cost down by cleaning
All types of siding begin to build up dirt, algae and mold at some point in time. The cause of this is from nearby trees and bushes that give off airborne sugars that are carried through the wind and end up stuck on your siding. To combat this problem, it’s always a good idea to clean your vinyl siding every other year, or when you being to see the problem begin. Believe me, once you clean your vinyl siding, you won’t want to replace your siding and this will keep your costs down. Here are some tools you’ll need:
- Garden hose with a nozzle – never set the nozzle to direct force, rather use the medium setting.
- Soft bristle brush with a pole that can extend. You can find this at any home center in your area
- 5 gallon bucket – fill this with hot soapy dish soap
Begin by scrubbing your vinyl siding with a soft brush to remove the dirt, followed by rinsing with your garden hose immediately after scrubbing. When using your garden hose to being washing, never spray upward against your siding. In some cases, homes don’t have any kind of weather barrier protection and by spraying upward, you can force water in behind your siding causes problems down the road. Don’t try to clean a huge area, try to clean a 10×10 section at a time. Work from top to bottom.
If you can’t clean your vinyl siding, hire a local siding contractor to do the work for you. It still would be a lot cheaper than replacing your existing vinyl siding and will keep the cost down on your bottom line.