Vinyl siding is a reliable and durable siding option. However, like most materials, it can fade and get damaged with time. If your siding is beginning to show signs of damage or wear, consider these home how-to tips to restore your vinyl siding.
- Dirt/Grime- Vinyl siding may look like it is beginning to discolor when, in reality, it is just dirt, grime, etc. Dust and dirt can build-up on your siding, creating a thin layer of dark material. You may grow concerned, but the solution is simple. Try washing your siding with a mild detergent and water. You can use a long-handled brush with soft bristles to scrub areas that are difficult to reach.
- Mold/Mildew- Mold can be a problem in moist areas. If your siding has mold/mildew growth, there are many products specifically designed to remove it. Your local hardware store will likely give you many product options, and this is the best place to start. Always use proper protective equipment as these products may contain many harsh chemicals. Once the mold is removed, you can clean the area with a mild detergent.
- Fading- A home how-to suggestion for restoring faded vinyl siding is to wash it with a mixture of 30 parts vinegar to 70 parts water. Move upward from bottom to top to help avoid streaks. This may brighten old vinyl. However, if home solutions aren’t working, it may be time to replace. It is not recommended that vinyl be painted as paint products do not easily bond with the vinyl material.
- Damage- Damaged vinyl siding is not easy to repair. For smaller holes, you may be able to use a colored exterior caulk that matches the color of your siding. For larger holes, warps, chips, etc., the damaged pieces will need to be replaced.
If you have questions about your vinyl siding or for more information on the upkeep and repair, contact us at Eden Construction today.