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What Is Home Siding and How to Care for It?

An excellent way to add visual interest and character to the exterior of your home is with siding. Dressing up the exterior of the house with siding is not only attractive-looking but functional as well. Siding that is properly cared for and looked after can last many years and provide several benefits to homeowners. 

Siding can enhance the appeal of a house, but if it isn’t cared for properly, it not only damages the outer appearance of your house, but it can also allow pest infestations and water seepage. It can also affect how you regulate the temperature inside your home.

Depending on the quality of material, siding should be easy to maintain and last for many years. 

How to choose the best siding for your house

Siding can be made of a variety of materials, including wood, aluminum, vinyl. Superior quality siding can improve your home’s ability to maintain heating or cooling, which can save you on utility costs. Another important consideration you need to make is the weather in your area.  Some materials do well in most weather climate, such as brick, or fiber cement. While others, like vinyl, do not hold up in extreme temperatures, though they are much easier to maintain.

If you live in an area with windy conditions, consider that your siding material should be extremely sturdy and resistant to being constantly battered by heavy branches or other natural debris. 

Care for your home siding

You should conduct regular maintenance on your exterior siding. Once a year, clean the surfaces thoroughly with non-abrasive soap and warm water using a soft-bristled brush. Some homeowners prefer to use a jet-wash hose, which may make it easier to reach certain areas. Take care not to let water collect in between or behind the siding gaps. Pay special attention to the areas that are more vulnerable to damage, such as the ones in contact with soil and foliage. You can also inquire if your local siding contractor can schedule regular maintenance for you.

When to replace siding

Inspect your siding regularly for damage. If you notice any of the following red flags, it might be time to call in the services of siding contractor:

  • Open or missing siding – Openings can allow water to seep through, damage the exterior wall, and weaken the rest of the siding.
  • Cracks or misaligned planks and stones – Check that the installation was done properly so that they don’t create gaps that allow heat, cold, or insects to penetrate the exterior.
  • Warping or blistering – This can be due to a leak that is causing water to pool behind the siding surface, which should be addressed immediately. 
  • Growth of fungus or mold – This can indicate frequent exposure to moisture. Bacteria that have started to grow on the surface can degrade the siding and cause it to rot.

If you do have damaged siding, an experienced siding or roofing company can help you do an assessment. They will recommend the best strategy for repair or replacement based on the extent of the damage.

Sidings are an excellent addition to your home’s exterior structure. Work with a siding contractor to install one for you, and keep in mind the tips above for maintaining it.

We have over 30 years of experience in providing siding and roofing services in Boston. Give us a call at Melos Construction, and let us know how we can help!

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