Spring is coming, which means it’s time for spring cleaning! It’s important not only to focus on the inside of your home but the outside as well. Here at Capital Remodeling, we carry two quality vinyl siding brands: Mastic Siding and CertainTeed Siding. If you have vinyl siding on your home, you may want to follow these tips for checking if your siding needs an update.
Why Vinyl Siding?
32% of new homes in the United States use vinyl siding. What makes vinyl siding such a popular choice is that it’s an economical choice, it looks good, and it requires little maintenance. Cedar siding can cost up to two and a half times more than vinyl siding, yet vinyl siding comes in a variety of colors and styles, which makes vinyl an attractive addition to your home. However, the real appeal of vinyl siding is the reduced maintenance. Vinyl siding doesn’t require painting or staining, plus it is resistant to insects and rot, unlike wood sidings. The only thing you will have to do with vinyl siding is know when it needs replaced.
Replacing Vinyl Siding
Depending on the individual siding, vinyl siding can last from 15-20 years! However, pollution and UV exposure tends to break down the petroleum in vinyl siding, so the siding on a rural home may last longer than that on a suburban or urban home. If you notice any of these signs, it may be time to replace your old vinyl siding:
- Chalky residue on your finger after sweeping it across the vinyl
- White streaks on the brick or foundation below the vinyl siding
- Faded color
- Cracked or brittle sections
- Mold, moss, and dirt has become more difficult to wash off
Installing New Siding Tip
If it is indeed time for you to install new siding, make sure that you do not install your new siding over the old siding! If there is a problem with your old siding, it will likely spread to the new siding, which will result in more expenses down the road. It’s best to remove the old siding, install a fresh layer of protective housewrap, and then install your new siding. This will ensure that your home is protected from moisture and will help to extend the life of your new siding!
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