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The Ways To Protect Your Siding From Damage

posted on Jun 07, 2020

Protect Your Siding

The way your siding looks greatly affects the appearance of your home. Everything from condition and style to feel is influenced by it. Even if the inside of your home is perfect, people will think that it looks like a dump if the outside is falling apart. Not only that but since the siding is meant to protect your home, old or damaged siding will eventually affect the inside of your house as well. The deterioration will eventually work its way into the interior. However, you can prevent that from happening by taking proper care of your home.

In this article, we’re going to discuss the ways you can protect yours from damage. There are plenty of elements out there that can damage your home, but if you stay on top of them, your home will look beautiful and be able to protect you and your family for years to come.

At Legacy Service, we provide all types of home exterior services, from roofing installation to siding replacement. If you’re looking to upgrade your home, you don’t have to look any further than our team of experts. Please feel free to call us any time at 215-798-9790 or fill out a contact form here to learn more about siding protection.

BBQ Heat

There’s nothing like grilling hotdogs and hamburgers on a beautiful summer day. However, the barbeque heat can catch up with you if it gets too close to the house too often. If you have vinyl (one of the most popular types), excessive heat can eventually warp it.

Here’s how to protect vinyl siding from bbq heat. If it’s already damaged, you’ll need to cut out the damaged part of the siding. Types of bbq heat damage include melting, cracking, breakage, and discoloration. Then, you’ll measure the part of the vinyl for replacement. After that, you’ll be able to install the siding replacement.

Water

A significant part of vinyl siding protection includes safeguarding it from water damage. Most types have a clearance requirement of about 6-8 inches above the ground. This helps it avoid the moisture that rots the wood and damages other types. Also, it helps prevent rain from splashing up and soaking it. However, that doesn’t mean that rain pounding against it and humidity won’t eventually break it down over time. You’ll still need to take the appropriate steps to protect yours, whether you need cedar siding protection or vinyl protection.

Here’s how to protect your siding from water damage. By taking these steps, you’ll ensure a healthier and happier home, while keeping your family safe and protected. First, make sure to keep plants and trees trimmed to ensure proper airflow. We also suggest insulating your attic to keep temperature fluctuations in check. Going back to the outdoors, it’s best to adjust the sprinkler heads away from your home and clean your gutters at least twice a year.

mold

Mold

Another pesky siding killer includes mold. And unfortunately, our homes create the perfect environment for mold and mildew to grow over time. Luckily, there are certain steps you can take to help prevent mold from growing too quickly (and get rid of it more easily when it does).

Here’s how to protect your vinyl siding from mold:

  • Schedule regular cleanings – Use a soft bristle brush and a garden hose to clean the outside of your house every few months. Doing this regularly will help find any mold that has begun to grow and prevent its buildup.
  • Turn sprinklers away from the house – If you use a sprinkler system to water the grass, make sure you turn it away so that it’s not hitting the house, especially if the sprinklers are close to your house’s foundation.
  • Keep gutters well-maintained – We recommend cleaning out your gutters and having them inspected at least twice a year. Built-up debris can cause water to spill over, which will advance the growth of mold.
  • Install quality insulation – By investing in good insulation for your home, you can greatly reduce the chance of excessive mold growth.
  • Allow sunlight to shine – Since mold grows in cold, damp places, make sure to trim and bushes and trees that surround the siding.

Weed eaters

Weed eaters, also known as weed whackers, are used to trim the edges of your lawn. The downside of weed eaters is that they can damage your siding if you continually use them close enough. If you need to, make sure there are no rocks or other hard objects around the siding or in the yard when you’re mowing. The power of the weed eater can throw these objects at the siding, cause holes, cracks, and other types of damage.

If you’re looking for more pointers, talk to a professional landscaper about how to protect your vinyl siding from a weed eater.

Dirt

Allowing dirt to build up is another way your siding can get damaged over time. If it’s piled up in front of the rain spout, water damage will be unavoidable.

Here’s how to protect siding from dirt. Inspect it a couple of times a year to make sure too much dirt isn’t built up. You may have to remove dirt or other material until you create proper clearance. It may sound tempting to create a trench next to the foundation, but that may cause even more damage in the long run.

Cracks

Although some types are more durable than others, all of them are susceptible to cracking. At Legacy Service, we provide installation and replacement services for vinyl siding, fiber cement, wood, cedar, and more. We also want to help whether it comes to wood siding protection or protecting cedar siding.

If your siding is getting up there in age, its risk for getting cracked significantly increases. There are ways that can help you prevent this, but it’s probably best to have it replaced within the recommended lifespan. For vinyl, it typically lasts between 20-40 years. For fiber cement, its lifespan can last up to 50 years!

Contact Us to Learn More About Protecting Your Siding!

All in all, it pays to take proper care of your siding. If you stay up-to-date with regular cleanings and inspections, you’ll be able to protect your home, your family, and yourself. Follow the tips that we mentioned above to protect it from damage and maximize its lifespan.

If you think that you might need a full replacement, please feel free to contact our team at Legacy Service at any time. We provide free consultations to determine exactly what will be best for your home.

Along with siding replacement, we also provide roofing installation and replacement and services for windows and gutters. Anything that has to do with your home’s exterior, we can take care of it. To learn more about taking care of your home, give us a call at 215-798-9790 or visit https://legacyusa.com/siding/.

Posted on Jun 07, 2020 in Roof

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