It is easy to feel like the siding on your home does not need any care and maintenance over the year. Siding is meant to be strong and low-maintenance. However, if you want the siding on your home to last, you are going to need to make sure that you give it a little attention from time to time.
#1 Clean Your Gutters
You don't want water to come in constant contact with your siding. When your gutters are clogged up with debris, the water will overflow down the side of your gutters and onto the siding on your home instead of flowing through the proper channels.
The constant flow of water from your gutters down the siding on your home can result in water damage to your siding. Your siding is not made to sustain constant streams of water down it. Keeping your gutters clean is one easy way you can protect your siding.
#2 Check Your Drainage
In addition to keeping your gutters clean, make sure that you check the drainage situation around your home. Make sure that water is flowing through your gutters to the downspouts and then into the appropriate drainage channels. You don't want the water puddling up around the base of your home. That could also lead to siding damage.
If water is not draining properly, you may need to fix your downspouts. You may also need to fix the soil around your home so that it is inclined downward and away from your home.
#3 Get Rid Of Mold & Mildew Right Away
If you ever spot mold or mildew growing on the siding of your home, you need to treat it right away. Mold and mildew can quickly spread from the outside of your home to the inside. You can kill mold and mildew on the siding of your home by mixing together two parts of vinegar with four parts of water and using that solution to kill and clean the mold and mildew on your home.
If you spot mold and mildew on your home, make sure that the water is draining away from your home properly and make sure that all the siding is properly secured to your home. Loose siding can allow water to accumulate on it, creating the right conditions for mold and mildew to thrive.
#4 Touch Up Chips
If you find paint chips on your siding, touch them up as soon as possible with a paint color that matches your siding. Apply the paint directly to the chips on your siding; don't apply extra paint over the surrounding undamaged areas. Keeping your siding painted will help keep it well sealed and protected from potential long-term damage. Contact a siding company, like JD Metals, for more help.