As a follow up to our FAQ to roofing, we thought we would take a moment to address some commonly heard questions for siding installation and maintenance as well. Just like roofing, siding is a crucial portion of your home's defense against external elements, and thus requires a certain level of care and at times, replacement. The question is when and how? That's what we are going to answer today.
When Should I Replace My Siding?Similar to roofing, it depends on the materials. Each kind of siding material has a general life expectancy, of which at the end will require a replacement. For example, vinyl typically requires a replacement after 60 years, wood sits around 40 years, and for an extremely durable material like stone or brick, it will likely never need a replacement.
However, it is not that simple. Other variables, such as the level of maintenance and weather conditions also play a major part in determining how long your siding lasts. The more you take care of your siding, the longer it will last. Therefore, it is best practice to make the most out of your investment by maintaining it constantly.
How Do I Maintain It?Again, that's largely an individual question depending on the material. However, generally a powerwash a couple times a year is something that all siding can benefit from. This wash ensures that dirt and debris doesn't cling to the surface of your siding and wear it away. It will also help maintain the appearance of your home, ensuring that it remains clean and well-kept.
One material that requires a more unique cleaning regimen is wood. Wood requires staining every few years in order to maintain its appearance and keep moisture and insects from reaching its porous surface. Other siding options like vinyl and fiber-cement require very little maintenance, and can be easily replaced if damaged. If you are interested in having such options installed into your home, feel free to contact us.
How Should I Prep for an Installation?Assume it is time for you to replace your siding, and you schedule a replacement job with us. We over at Bucco's Roofing always ensure that utmost professionalism, and with several years of experience under our belt, we know how to conduct a roofing job like this one. That being said, there are a few things that you can do to make the whole process smoother.
One thing is to clear the surrounding area around your home. We need to have room to get our contractors and materials in and out of the site, as well as sufficient space near the walls to work. Clearing vehicles out of the way and removing any plants and objects that directly next to the walls will reduce the amount of time we will need to spent prepping for a job, and will make the installation process even more quick and seamless.
Another advisable action is to remove pictures, art, and any other delicate objects from your exterior walls. Your walls may vibrate from the work going on outside, putting directly attached objects at risk. Eliminate that risk by removing those objects.
Apart from this, continue on as usual! We take all steps to make sure that our work is as unobtrusive as possible. Rest easy knowing that your home is in good hands, and will look and perform better than ever once it's done.
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