Many homes in Staten Island have vinyl siding. Over time, vinyl can wear away, come loose, or get dirty. Proper maintenance of your vinyl siding will help keep your home looking great and minimize interior damage. If your vinyl is wearing out, we will also provide information on replacing your home’s exterior, and when you should consider it.

Why Maintenance is Vital

It is always a good idea to inspect your siding for potential damage. Periodically checking for potential signs of damage on your home’s exterior can help reduce costly repairs in the future. Exterior coverings limit the effects of water damage, mold growth, and pest infestation on your home. Signs of damage to the vinyl can indicate further issues for your home.

Maintaining Vinyl Siding on Your Home

Repair or reattach any loose siding panels immediately. When the vinyl flaps in the wind, it can loosen other panels or bend beyond repair. Loose or missing siding can lead to water damage to the home which will be much more costly than the one loose panel.
Regular power washing of your siding keeps your house neat and clean, but it is much more helpful. Power washing removes dust, debris, pollutants, and other materials that can corrode or abrade the exterior of your home. This helps keep your exterior in better shape for longer.

Gutter Care leads to Longer-Lasting Siding

When gutters fill up with leaves and debris, they weigh heavily on the eaves of your house. This added pressure can crack siding or pry it away from the walls of your home. Regular gutter cleaning and maintenance will help your siding last longer.

When to Replace Your Vinyl Siding

Some signs of damage could indicate when to replace your siding. One telltale sign could be inside your home. Water damage or signs of warping on interior walls can be a sign of compromised vinyl. This can cause wallpaper to peel or paint to chip. If you notice mold or mildew growth on your siding, it may indicate deeper growth beneath the surface.

When high winds cause your vinyl panels to rattle, it may be a sign that they are too loose. This is generally a good sign that replacements or repairs are in order.

Small bore holes through your vinyl may be an indicator of animal intruders. Bugs and rodents can burrow through to reach the interior walls of your home.

Bubbled-out siding can be a sign of water buildup behind the vinyl. Water can pool and separate the material from your house. This can lead to devastating interior damage, and costly exterior repairs too.

Hire a Professional for Your Exterior Repairs and Replacement

When it is time to repair or replace your siding, you should hire a trusted professional to take care of it for you. Exterior home care is essential to protecting your house’s interior from the elements. The Home Improvement Contractors of Staten Island provides a directory of trusted, local contractors with the experience and reputation to tackle any of your home renovations.

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