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Vinyl Siding: Friend or Foe

Homeowners have a ton of choices when it comes to covering the exterior of their homes. Since 1995, though, more homeowners choose to side their homes with vinyl than any other material. It was first introduced back in the 1960s, and since then it’s drastically improved and expanded. Vinyl siding is now available in over 300 colors and can withstand harsh weather conditions, such as winds over 110 mph.

With the majority of homeowners selecting this siding, there has to be a ton of perks right? Well, let’s look into the pros, cons, and common misconceptions when it comes to vinyl siding.

The No-Maintenance Myth

The misconception of vinyl siding requiring no maintenance is widely spread across the industry. Many homeowners believe that there’s no need to clean or care for it because they were told it was a no-maintenance choice. While vinyl is sturdy and tolerant, it’s not THAT tolerant. No outdoor surface is completely maintenance free, including vinyl siding.

The Rational Reality

Vinyl siding is durable and long-lasting.

The truth is, vinyl is a durable, reliable, and affordable siding option. Many manufacturers even back their products with lifetime or extended warranties that can be transferred to the next owner. Mainly, vinyl is a good option for homeowners looking for peace of mind.

But…it is also very vulnerable.

Just like any other outdoor surface, vinyl siding faces the elements. It can collect dirt, dust, and moisture, leaving it vulnerable to mildew, algae, mold, and insect breeding. Without cleaning and maintenance, these elements can decay and deteriorate your siding, shortening its lifespan, and leaving your home and those inside it at risk.

How do you get rid of mold and mildew?

Vinyl siding responds well to power washing. The power of a pressure washer is strong enough to remove those pesky stains, along with mold and mildew, but still soft enough so it does not damage your home. The thing is: it has to be done correctly. If a pressure washer is used incorrectly, damage can occur, that of which includes water seepage inside your home.. Hiring a professional to clean your siding is your best bet!

While vinyl siding may not be a no-maintenance housing option, it is still relatively low maintenance. With regular cleaning, it will retain a brand-new looking appearance.

If you have questions about cleaning and maintaining your vinyl siding, please reach out to the professionals at KEVCO at (301) 258-9750.

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