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Caring For Your Siding

Siding is one of the most important aspects of your home. It protects you from the elements, and it adds a lot of curb appeal. But if you don’t care for your siding properly, it could easily start to fall apart. The good news is that maintaining your siding doesn’t need to be difficult or expensive—it just requires some regular work on your part!

Inspect your siding for wear and damage

Look for cracks in the siding. If you see any signs of cracking, it’s time to replace. Cracks are primarily caused by weather damage over many years. Look for peeling paint on your house’s exterior walls and trim boards. Peeling paint should always be treated as an emergency situation because it means there’s water damage underneath that needs immediate attention before mold starts growing inside your home!

Remove any mold or mildew that forms

If you have a mold or mildew problem, you will need to clean it up immediately. The best way to do this is with bleach solutions. A general rule of thumb is that if there is visible mold on your siding, then use a bleach solution such as Clorox Bleach (1 part liquid chlorine bleach mixed with 10 parts water). Use this mixture in an empty spray bottle and wet the area of your siding where the mold or mildew has formed before scrubbing vigorously with a sponge or soft brush. Let the area dry completely after cleaning before painting over your home’s exterior surfaces again! If you cannot remove all traces of mold from your siding due to its location within walls inside buildings then call in professionals who specialize in removing unsightly stains from woodwork surfaces like decking.

During the winter keep snow and ice away from the siding

  • Use a snow rake to clear snow from the roof.

  • Use a snow brush to clear snow from the gutters.

  • Use a shovel or broom to clear any ground that may be covered by snow, ice, and other debris during winter months.

Check your caulking and flashing

Check your caulking and flashing. Caulk is the sealant that’s used to fill gaps between the siding and trim, while flashing directs water away from your home. If you find damage to either of these materials (look for cracks or holes), it needs to be replaced immediately.

Keeping up with siding maintenance will help it last longer.

Siding is a low-maintenance material. But if you have ever owned a home, you know it doesn’t last forever. As the weather gets colder and wetter, your siding will need to be maintained—and that means checking on it regularly.

The first step in caring for your siding during winter months is to inspect it periodically: once a year? twice? once every few months? Whatever works best for your household schedule! If there are any problems with the home’s exterior (like loose boards or peeling paint), don’t wait until springtime to address them; get them fixed before bad weather sets in! Caulking cracks and joints can prevent water seeping into rooms below your home’s roof line; also keep an eye out for holes in trim boards located above garage doors, where moisture could pool up during heavy rains.

If you think your home’s siding is suffering this winter, call your local experts to assess and provide an estimate. If you are in St. Paul or Maple Grove, we are here to help! Offering free estimates with a lifetime guarantee on all work and materials!