Summer Maintenance for Your Siding: Simple Steps to Maintain Your Home’s Exterior

Every season brings its own risks when it comes to your home’s exterior. With this, it’s essential to stick to a seasonal maintenance schedule, as well as perform routine inspections to help maintain your home’s quality and appearance. In this article, I’ll discuss three factors that may affect your siding, and provide tips on how to repair your siding, if necessary.

Weather

Weather is a primary factor impacting the condition of your siding. Summer brings about storms and your siding may be loosened or damaged by heavy wind or flying debris. As a preventative measure, trim back trees growing close to your home which, if blown against your siding, could cause damage. If there is damage, it is important to determine how severe it is and whether the siding can be repaired. In this case, a homeowner might need to consult a siding expert.

Insects & Pollen

Warmer weather also often brings pollen and insects. In fact, according to Orkin, most species of subterranean termites swarm during the spring and summer months. You can begin your defense against termites by initially using building materials engineered to withstand them. Occasional rinsing your siding can also help with pest control, as well as with the removal of potential buildup of dust and pollen from the fall and spring. Additionally, general maintenance can help extend the life of your siding. Here are some tips on how to properly clean siding:

  • Use a cloth, sponge or soft brush and a bucket filled with a solution of mild detergent and water to wash the surface.
  • Rinse with water from a garden hose.
  • Never use harsh abrasives or solvents, as these can damage the surface or paint.
  • Remove vines growing on the house, siding, brick or mortar.

Seasonality

During summer, weather is generally better for siding repairs or repainting. If you are considering a re-side or repainting of your siding, here are a few tips:

  • Ensure that gutters are draining properly and directing water away from the siding.
  • Check that sprinklers aren’t watering the siding. Ongoing contact with water can cause discoloration.
  • Chips and small imperfections in the paint finish can be touched up with matching paint. Use a cotton swab to apply paint only to the bare area. Do not apply paint over paint or try to “fan out” or blend the paint. Allow it to dry for at least 24 hours.
  • If you decide to replace your siding, consult a professional contractor. Be sure to check their references, online reviews and examples of their previous projects to thoroughly vet their qualifications.

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