There’s never a better time to perform siding maintenance than during the fall season. Even “low-maintenance” siding like vinyl needs some care, especially with the winter season coming in a few months’ time. In this blog, siding and roof replacement Expert Contracting shares the siding maintenance tasks you shouldn’t overlook this fall.
Stay ahead of costly siding repair by inspecting your home’s siding on a regular basis. Fall is the best season to do this: the mild weather lets you stay outdoors longer, which gives you longer inspection times. Look for signs of damage such as cracks, holesand waviness or unevenness. Using a slim and long tool such as a screwdriver, softly but firmly tap the siding. If pieces fall out, it’s a sign of dry rot, which has to be addressed by a siding professional.
Cleaning methods for your siding may differ depending on the type of siding installed on your home. Vinyl and composite siding are the easiest to clean: a garden hose removes most of the dirt and debris, while diluted dish detergent and a soft brush can take care of stubborn dirt. Cedar shake requires a more careful hand. Thanks to the milder weather, you can clean wood siding and expect it to be completely dry for painting or staining. Siding and roofing companies like us do not recommend pressure washers, but if you must, only use the medium to low nozzles.
Gutters are a separate system, but neglected gutters can have an effect on siding. Overflowing rainwater runoff can stain the siding, as well as seep into crevices and cause mold and mildew growth. It can also cause rot on cedar shakes or shingles. Having your gutters cleaned and maintained twice a year—during the fall season and after winter—can help minimize such problems. Investing in seamless gutters and gutter protection systems can help reduce its required maintenance, as well as help prolong its service life.
Expert Contracting is your leading provider of roof repair and siding installation services. Give us a call at (716) 508-3700 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Hamburg, NY, and surrounding areas.