It is well known that winter is a rough season for your house’s siding. However, summer comes with its own kinds of trouble and potential damage! From the heat of the sun to the unpredictable rain, there could be a lot of siding threats you’ll want to be prepared for. Here’s what all homeowners should consider before summer hits:
Check For Mold & Mildew Growth
Not only can mold and mildew grow on your roof, but it can show up on your siding as well! This could cause long term damage, as the spores travel and infect the interior of your home as well. Some preventative measures you can take is to make sure your gutters are healthy and working properly. Broken gutters lead to excess water fall on your siding, causing mold build-up. Also, vinyl siding and energy efficient options are made to combat these kinds of problems, so consider switching.
Refurbish Paint Job
Think of siding as the skin of your home. When you sit outside in the sun for too long, you’re risking sunburn and long term damage, especially when you don’t practice proper protection. Those intense rays can do the same to your siding. WIth a protective layer, you can ensure your home is ventilating properly and keeping you cool. If damage is already done, it might be time for some repairs and replacements.
Regular cleaning and washing will help keep your siding healthy this summer. There are certain ways to go about washing your siding, depending on what kind you have. Here are some examples:
- Vinyl siding: clean at least twice a year with powerwash.
- Wood siding: lower areas can be brushed and washed down by hand, while higher areas can be washed with powerwash. Wood siding can often face many kinds of water stains, so make sure you know how to remove them too.
- Fiber cement siding: never use an abrasive cleaner when washing fiber cement siding. You’ll only need your garden hose and cloth to get the job done.
When it comes to ensuring your roof lasts and is safe for your family, you need to hire the best contractor possible. The experts at JM Roofing and Siding are licensed and insured to serve you in Norwalk, Connecticut and the surrounding areas. Contact us today for a free estimate!