Your siding is the one of the most aesthetically pleasing parts of your home’s exterior, which is why keeping it clean, healthy and looking new is crucial. Thankfully, this can be accomplished by routine maintenance. To make your siding last longer and keep it looking beautiful, follow this quick cleaning and maintenance guide.

Cleaning

The best way to get the longest lifespan out of your siding is to clean it regularly. How often? It’s generally a good idea to conduct thorough cleaning at least once a year. What should you use to clean your siding? That depends on the type of siding materials you have. Some materials, like wood, require a lot more maintenance than vinyl and metal.

If you have vinyl siding, use a sponge dipped in soapy water, then wash away the soapy water using a hose.

If you have metal siding made of aluminum or steel, a power washer can be used to clean off dirt and grime.

The best to way to prevent and remove stains on wood siding is to apply a water repellant (like oxygen bleach). You can also restore the color by applying a wood-cleaning solution.

Most surfaces (save for stucco) can also be painted over, which is always a great way to brighten rejuvenate the surface. Just make sure to get a good quality exterior paint that is able to be used on your specific siding materials.

Inspecting for Damage

You’ll likely see your siding every time you go outside, but you should also conduct a full inspection of your siding at least twice a year. It’s also a good idea to look for damage right after a severe hail storm. What types of damage should you be looking for? That depends on the type of siding you have.

Vinyl

  • Cracked, bent or warped planks
  • Faded colors, which is a sign of aging
  • Seams that are split
  • Missing planks

Wood

  • Rotten planks
  • Excessive moss growth or mold
  • Buckling or warped boards

Stucco

  • Cracking or missing patches
  • Dark streaks, stains, or other discoloration
  • Patches of mold or saturation

Brick

  • Excessive cracking in bricks or mortar
  • Missing bricks

Have Damage Assessed by a Professional

After a hail storm, make sure to check for significant dents in your siding. It’s always a good idea to contact a siding contractor to assess the damage before you contact your insurance company. At Schmidt Roofing, we will work with your insurance provider to help make the process easier for you. If you believe your siding is old, damaged, or in need of replacement, contact us for a free quote today.