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How To Care For Your Vinyl Siding During Winter

A huge benefit to getting vinyl siding is that is requires very little maintenance. Vinyl is known to be durable and long lasting but like anything else on the exterior of your home, elements can shorten its lifespan. Although no one thinks to do house maintenance in the winter months, these few simple practices could add years to your siding!

 

Why do I need to do this maintenance in the winter?
During winter months, your house is going through a lot of different changes. Outside elements such as freezing and unfreezing temperatures, snow, rain hail and high winds all negatively affect your siding. When water is sitting on your vinyl, you risk the chance of having mold build-up on the side of your house, and when dirty snow begins to melt of your home, the dirt lingers on your siding. These are all very commonly dealt with issues, but when neglected lead to a costly project.

 

How do I clean my vinyl siding?
Cleaning vinyl siding is a very simple process. The tool that works best is either a soft cloth or soft bristled brush and the best direction to go is from bottom to top to prevent streaking.
A solution of 70% water and 30% white vinegar makes a great all-purpose vinyl siding cleaner that removes light mold and mildew stains. Another option is 3 parts water and 1 part bleach. For tougher stains, household cleaning products such as Lysol will do the trick. We recommend rinsing as you go as well.

 

Cleaning your vinyl just once a winter could yield great results for the lifespan of your siding. Neglecting your home exterior will cost you down the road! If you notice that your siding is past the point of no return, give us a call! Between our competitive pricing and large selection of colors and styles, you are sure to be 100% satisfied! https://mlmhi.com/siding/

How To: Keep Your Siding Mold-Free

One of the first things people notice when they look at the exterior of your home is your siding. Keeping a clean, well-maintained exterior adds to the curb appeal of your home, increases the property value, and also allows the materials to last longer. It’s a win – win – win!
Mold is the bane to your siding’s existence. Mold and mildew thrive in warm, damp, moist environments. An example of a perfect environment for mold is your vinyl siding on a summer night after a storm. Mold is dangerous to the exterior of your home because it grows quickly and eats away at the materials. Keep your Northern Virginia, Maryland or New Jersey home mold-free with these helpful tips!
Allow for Sunlight
Mold quickly produces in environments where it is dark and moist. Cut  those two factors out by exposing your home to direct sunlight. This may mean you need to trim branches or remove shrubbery that is casting shade. Sunlight will kill mold, and also allow your siding to dry faster after a storm hits.
Regular Cleanings + Mold Resistant Cleanings
Once mold attaches to an ideal surface, it grows quickly. It is possible to stop or slow down growth by completing regular cleanings using a garden hose and a soft bristle brush. There are a handful of different cleaning products you could use that are made to eliminate mold specifically. This will mitigate moss build up and keep your home exterior crisp and clean. As a note, be sure to spray the hose in a downward direction to prevent a water build up underneath your siding panels.
Eliminate Vines + Moss
Climbing vines can be absolutely beautiful and add charm to a country inspired home, but are not charming when it comes to mold! Vines cover your siding, allowing moisture in and completely blocking sunlight. This dark, damp environment is perfect for mold build up. Moss also serves as a mask to the exterior home, fostering that wet and dark atmosphere. We recommend eliminating vines and moss completely, and allowing your siding to breath!
We hope these tips help you keep your Northern Virginia, Maryland or New Jersey home mold-free. If you notice any damage or areas of concern while cleaning your siding, give us a call. We provide a free inspection and give you all the information you need to move forward. Schedule your appointment today by calling 844-MLM-ROOF!