5 Tips for Caring for Your Windows So They Last

Window Care and Cleaning

Your home’s windows are among the most important – but most neglected – assets.

They keep rain, snow, and inclimate weather out, while helping you maintain a comfortable temperature inside. On sunny days, you can throw open the curtains and look outside, basking in the scenery.

To ensure that your windows stay in great condition year after year, follow these 5 tips for window care so they last:

Clean Regularly – and Gently

Keep that glass sparkling and avoid conditions that could cause damage by cleaning your windows regularly. Most people do this task twice a year – in spring and fall.

If you have wooden windows, gently wipe them down with a soft damp cloth. This helps remove any dirt and dust that may collect without introducing harsh cleaners. 

Be careful to not use too much water, as that can seep into your window casements and sashes and encourage rot.

Wash vinyl and aluminum-framed windows with a gentle detergent, such as dish soap, and a soft scrubbing brush. 

When cleaning windows, make sure to clean not only the casement but also the area around the window. This removes any built-up dirt that can collect in the mechanism and cause sticking.

Keep your glass sparkling with window cleaner or a homemade mix of vinegar and water. Avoid using cloths or paper towels to clean the glass, as you can leave behind tiny fibers that dull the shine. Instead, use a piece of crumpled-up newspaper to wipe away the window cleaner.

Inspect Often

As you clean your windows twice a year, carefully inspect them for signs of damage or disrepair.

Check the condition of the window frame and sash and, for wooden windows, use a small metal probe to look for soft spots, which mean you’ve got rotting.

If you have double- or triple-paned windows, look carefully for signs of moisture between the panes. This means your seals have broken, reducing the insulation capacity of the window. Replace any broken seals.

Look for signs of peeling or warped paint, especially on windows that get the most daily sun exposure. 

If your windows have weather stripping, check its condition and replace any that has worn out.

Feel around the windows for air gaps and fill with latex caulk.

Check the Sealing

The sealing around your windows helps keep outdoor air out, making your home more energy-efficient. Keeping it in good repair is important to maintaining lower energy bills and a more comfortable inside temperature.

If you notice broken or cracked seals, moisture inside your window panes, or feel air coming in around your window, your sealing needs attention.

Call a window contractor or handyman to replace your window seals, or attempt the project yourself. For air gaps around the window, fill them in with spray sealant or caulk.

Repaint Regularly

Sun and temperature differences can greatly damage the paint on your wooden and metal frames over time.

To keep your window frames looking great and protected from damage, repaint them every three to four years with a paint that’s recommended by your window’s manufacturers. 

Before you begin painting, clean the windows thoroughly and make sure they’re dried. Be careful to not paint over any moving parts, as this can lead to your windows being unable to open.

Repair Damage

If you notice something on your window that’s broken or missing, get it fixed quickly. The longer you leave your window damaged, the more energy you’ll lose and the more expensive the repair may end up being.

Many small repairs, such as signs of rot or missing sealant, can be done on your own. For more extensive problems such as broken glass, you may need to call a professional.

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Your home is your biggest investment, and keeping your windows in good condition is part of protecting that investment. Whether you need some window repairs or are looking to replace your existing windows, the team at Select Home Exteriors gets the job done quickly, professionally, and affordably. We work side-by-side with you to select the exact products for your unique job, keeping you updated on the status of your project from start to finish. Call today for a consultation!

4 Tips to Help Your Roof Last for Decades

Long Lasting Home Roof

A roof is such an integral part of any home, and yet it is often overlooked in home maintenance routines.

Your roof acts as your home’s defense against heat, cold, rain, snow and wind. Regular exposure to these elements slowly but surely contributes to its deterioration. But with a little bit of maintenance, and some help from a professional, you can slow down the damage and your roof could last as long as 30 years!

Below are the 4 most important things you can do to maximize the lifespan of your roof:

Perform Regular Maintenance

Regular cleaning and maintenance, about twice a year, will go a long way in keeping your roof looking and working its best. 

At the beginning of fall and spring, sweep off any debris such as leaves, sticks, and any rogue frisbees.

Use a power washer to remove any mold. Roof mold retains moisture which can cause shingles to deteriorate and even rot completely.

Don’t forget to clean out your gutters so that water can drain off your roof, preventing rotting shingles and flashing.

Invest in Preventative Care

Investing in preventative care now will prolong the need to replace the entire roof. 

Start with having any overhanging tree limbs trimmed and removed. A severe storm could send a nearby branch right through your roof!

Next, make sure your attic is adequately insulated to prevent moisture buildup. If it still seems too humid, you may want to invest in a ventilation fan. Any moisture could produce rot and, therefore, leaking.

Inspect Often

The best way to catch problems before they start is to look at your roof! Inspect your roof as often as you think to. Keep an eye out for:

  • Debris buildup
  • Missing shingles
  • Detached gutters
  • Mold
  • Leak in ceiling
  • Sagging

Inspecting your roof does not require you to get on top of it. Simply remind yourself to glance at the roof whenever you are coming or going from your home. Eventually, it will become habit.

You should also take a closer look all around after any strong storm. Check your ceilings as well to make sure there are no new leaks.

Hire a Professional

These days, a search for “how to fix (fill in the blank)” will bring up hundreds of do-it-yourself instructional videos. 

A DIY project may seem like a more cost-effective solution but, in the case of your roof, it could prove more expensive. 

Let a professional manage your repairs. They have been well-trained in how to locate and deal with any problems. 

For the same reason, you should let a licensed roofer inspect your roof annually. Even if you are in the habit of inspecting regularly, a professional will be able to catch potential issues much earlier, ensuring your roof lasts as long as possible.

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At Select Home Exteriors, we’ve seen many different kinds of roof damage due to poor installation, weather, poor maintenance, and normal wear and tear. Our licensed professionals perform a variety of repairs including leak repair, shingle replacement, seasonal damage, and soffit and fascia repairs. Call us today to take care of your roofing needs!

Can You Paint Vinyl Siding?

Painting Vinyl Siding

Maybe you moved into a new house with vinyl siding in great shape, but the color just isn’t you. Or, you really want a new look for your home’s exterior, but replacing the siding’s not in your budget this year.

You may be wondering: Can I paint my vinyl siding?

The Answer

In short, yes, you can paint your vinyl siding!

While vinyl siding is meant to be easy-care and isn’t intended to need to be painted like wooden siding, you can paint vinyl siding that’s in good condition. If you want to change up the look of your home, give things a fresh feel, or just want to fix the fading on that one side of the house that’s always in full sun, painting your siding is a great option when full replacement isn’t necessary.

If done correctly, properly painted vinyl siding can last up to 10 years without needing touch-ups. That’s a pretty good return on your investment!

The Method

Painting your vinyl siding is similar to nearly every other outdoor painting project. Just follow a few steps, get ready for a big job, and you’ll have a fresh look at a fraction of the cost of new siding. 

Step 1: Check the Weather

If you’re painting your siding in less-than-optimal conditions, prepare for less-than-optimal results. It may mean waiting a few days until the weather’s ideal, but that patience will pay off big time when you get the strong, long-lasting finish you want.

Only paint in mild temperatures, low relative humidity, and under an overcast sky. Also, be sure to find a day when the wind is low. If you paint on hot, sunny days or days with high winds, things may look all right for a while, but you’re more likely to see bubbling and cracking down the line, meaning your hard work is ruined.

Step 2: Get the Right Paint

You can’t just use any paint that’s on sale and hope for the best. When selecting the paint for your vinyl siding project, be sure to find:

  • A paint that contains acrylic and urethane resins. These two ingredients accommodate the expansion and contraction of vinyl and help the paint adhere to the surface.
  • A color that is the same shade or lighter than your current siding’s color. Darker colors will retain heat, making your vinyl siding more prone to premature warping.

Step 3: Prepare the Siding

Before you ever lift a paintbrush or roller, you need to thoroughly clean your vinyl siding so the paint can adhere properly. 

In a bucket, mix:

  • ⅓ c laundry detergent
  • ⅔ c powdered household cleaner
  • 1 qt liquid bleach
  • 1 gal water

Use a cloth or soft-bristled brush to clean all the siding you plan to paint, then rinse thoroughly. Let the siding dry completely before you begin painting.

Step 4: Apply Primer (If Needed) & 2 Coats of Paint

If your vinyl siding has completely lost its previous color, is porous, or has become pitted, you will want to apply a latex urethane primer formulated for outdoor use. If your siding is still in good condition, primer isn’t necessary.

Use a roller or paint sprayer to apply the painting evenly to your siding. Be careful not to apply too much paint in one area. Save the brushwork for corners and edges.

Let the first coat of paint dry completely, or mostly, before applying the second. Allow the second coat to dry for up to 24 hours before considering the project done. If you still see areas where the old siding color is bleeding through, you need to give the whole house a third coat of paint.

Step 5: Sit Back & Enjoy Your Hard Work!

While painting siding is a labor-intensive, time-consuming project, especially if you’ve got a larger house, it is something well worth undertaking. You get a spiffy new exterior color that can last for years, all for far less money than you’d spend replacing your siding!

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Siding is one of the things that can make or break the appearance of your home. New, quality siding adds curb appeal, improves energy efficiency, and can even increase the resale value. 

If your siding is old, cracked, warped, or just needs to be replaced, call the skilled team at Select Home Exteriors. We work with only the best national siding brands, and our technicians get the job done quickly and correctly so you can get back to your life. Schedule a consultation today!

4 Tips For Checking out That “Roofer” That Showed Up at Your Door After a Storm

4 Tips For Checking out That “Roofer” That Showed Up at Your Door After a Storm

A severe storm can wreak havoc on your roof and, along with it, your budget. When someone comes knocking at your door offering an amazing deal for a free consultation, or even a free roof, you may feel relieved. But wait! You could be encountering a “storm-chaser.”

Before you sign up with that guy that showed up at your door, you’ll want to do some research.

What Is A “Storm-Chaser”?

A storm-chaser is a roofer who pays attention to where large storms have hit, and travels there to take advantage of vulnerable homeowners. They will often show up unannounced, passing out flyers or knocking on doors, offering a deal that seems too good to be true. In reality, they take the payout from your insurance company and do the bare minimum, pocketing the difference. A few years later, you need to replace your roof again because of their shoddy work. Protect yourself from these scams by taking these steps:

Take Your Time

When dealing with something as important as your roof, you may feel a sense of urgency. These scammers are counting on it. A rash decision could end up costing you more in the long run.

It’s important to take the time to make sure you are dealing with a legitimate company. Don’t sign anything or pay up front until you have thoroughly checked them out. Many of these scammers actually do more damage to your roof during a “free inspection” to ensure that the insurance company will pay.

Ask To See Proof of Legitimacy

It’s not uncommon for a client to ask their contractor for information about their license or insurance. If the contractor hesitates, you should as well. Check the status of their license in your state. If they are from out of state, make sure they are allowed to practice in your state. Ask for proof of liability insurance and make sure they have workman’s compensation included.

Visit The Office

A legitimate contracting business should have a physical address. If you are given information with only a P.O. Box address, that is a red flag. Make sure that there is an office in your area that you can visit should a problem arise in the future.

Ask For References

Testimonials are a great way to make sure that you are dealing with a contractor who will do quality work. Ask for a list of previous job sites and visit them to make sure they exist. Look the company up on the Better Business Bureau to see read reviews, including any complaints.

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Choosing New Windows: A Guide to 5 Popular Styles

Choosing New Windows: A Guide to 5 Popular Styles

Looking for new or replacement windows for your home isn’t as simple as you may think. There are many factors that go into the decision-making process, some of which you may never have considered before. Here are a few of the most popular window types for you to consider, along with what makes each of them unique.

Single- & Double-Hung Windows

These two similar styles of windows are the most popular and common styles in the US, and it’s easy to see why. They’re made up of two separate sashes which open and close the window by sliding up or down (to be specific, single-hung windows can only open from the bottom by sliding up, while double-hung windows can open from either end). This style of window is timeless and simple, and is one of the better options for any style of modern home.

Slider Windows

Another popular style of window, these consist of two panes that can be opened by sliding over or under one another. Since these are installed horizontally, they tend to be much wider than the single- or double-hung windows, allowing for more coverage. Due to the fact that only one window can be open at a time, however, this style provides less ventilation. These are very popular in kitchens, living rooms, and other areas of the house that benefit from more exposure.


Casement Windows

For a more modern and contemporary look, casement windows are ideal. Unlike the sliding mechanics of the hung windows or the slider windows, casement-style windows pivot on hinges, opening like doors. They’re taller than they are wide and because they swing open, they consistently provide a great deal of ventilation. Due to the nature of their mechanics, however, these windows work best in warmer and more mild climates.

Awning Windows

As their name suggests, these windows are hinged at the top and open out from the bottom, creating the appearance that an awning is being opened. While they can be popular on their own in more coastal areas, they’re most popular when installed below larger windows.

Bay Windows

Made of three or four large vertical panes, bay windows make a bold statement by helping make a room appear larger. Due to their large size and impact, they’re perfect for adding a great deal of natural light into smaller areas like bedrooms and breakfast nooks.

 

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New windows can give your home a light, airy facelift as well as greatly improving the energy efficiency of your house. For more than 20 years, the team at Select Home Exteriors has installed high-quality windows of all sizes, shapes, and styles in homes throughout central Maryland. Are your windows sapping the heat from your home? Call today for a free window replacement estimate!

4 Exterior Home Renovation Projects That Pay Off When You Sell

4 Exterior Home Renovation Projects That Pay Off When You Sell

When deciding to renovate your home, thinking about what the project will do for your experience living there is likely foremost in your mind. As you decide which projects to tackle, you may wonder which are the most likely to be most profitable if you eventually decide to sell your home. Although you may not be thinking about selling now, it’s wise to consider the most impactful projects for your budget, especially if you’re limited on what you can spend.

Here are 4 exterior home renovation projects that are likely to net you the most profit when selling your home:

Adding a Deck

A well-constructed deck adds extra entertaining and living space, as well as curb appeal, to any home. Prospective buyers will be able to imagine having backyard barbecues, relaxing with a cup of coffee, or watching their children play when they see a deck in your backyard.

Opt for pressure-treated wood or hardwood whenever possible, as these materials add an extra air of sophistication to your deck that other materials don’t. Small or large doesn’t really matter much, but if you’ve got a smaller yard be sure not to create a deck that’s too oversized for the space.

Landscaping

There’s no better way to boost your home’s curb appeal than by making the yard as inviting as possible. Although landscaping can be done yourself, if you’re seriously thinking of selling or your yard is in rough shape, it may be worth the money to hire a professional team.

Making sure all your trees and shrubs are trimmed up, walkways are clear and in good condition, and that there’s aesthetically pleasing color surrounding your house can go a long way toward getting people to take a second lap around the block when you put up that For Sale sign.

Replace Siding

This is especially true if your siding is old, in poor repair, or a difficult-to-care-for material such as wood. New siding gives the entire exterior of your home a facelift, and potential buyers love seeing notes that the siding recently was replaced on your disclosure sheets or listings.

Be sure to choose a siding type and color that fits in with the rest of your neighbors, as the home on the block that doesn’t look similar enough can be a drawback for some buyers.

New Windows

This project will reap benefits for your family as well as any future selling opportunities. When you replace old windows that aren’t in the best shape, your energy bills decrease, saving you money. They add to your home’s curb appeal and are another project that potential buyers will be happy to see listed as a “recent update” on your listing.

Experienced Exterior Home Contractors in Central Maryland

At Select Home Exteriors, we know you want to get the most for your money when you decide to do a home renovation project. Our team works with you every step of the way, making sure each choice falls in line with your budget, your style, and your needs for your home. Schedule a consultation today!

5 Common Causes of Roof Leaks

5 Common Causes of Roof Leaks

There’s nothing quite as frustrating as a leaky roof. It not only signals an external problem, but can also cause a lot of internal damage, as well. Fortunately, the most effective ways of preventing a roof leak is simply checking your roof for damage every now and again. Here are 5 common causes of roof leaks to look out for:

Poor Shingles

This is the easiest problem to spot. Shingles act as a sort of armor for your roof, and it only takes one small gap in that armor to cause problems for everything underneath. You may notice that some of your shingles are crumbling or falling apart, which allows for condensation to slip through. You may even notice some shingles are missing from your roof entirely! Either way, it’s crucial to fix that broken or missing patch to prevent any further damage.

Cracked Flashing

Shingles aren’t the only things working hard to keep your roof waterproof. Underneath your shingles are thin pieces of metal specifically designed to prevent water erosion and to help run it off into your gutters. Unfortunately, even the best of flashing corrodes over time; ice, hail, and heavy rain can cause your flashing to crack. Some houses have exterior flashing, which can be blown away entirely by high winds. Securing blown off flashing with nails and tar is a good fix, but rusted or cracked flashing must be replaced altogether.

Clogged Gutter

This is probably the most familiar reason for a leaky roof. It’s a very typical problem around the autumn and winter seasons when dead leaves accumulate inside. Because your gutters are meant to help water travel away from the roof, a gutter stuffed with wet leaves doesn’t do you or your house much good. Brave the mess and clean them out before the excess rainwater or melted snow with nowhere else to go starts dripping into your house!

Weak Mortar around Chimney

Chimneys are a handsome addition to any house. Due to how sturdy they’re built, it’s easy to assume they’re practically indestructible. Unfortunately, chimneys do have one weak spot: mortar. Mortar is the glue that holds the chimney together; it’s also essentially a simple combination of water, sand, and cement. Harsh elements like rain, snow, ice, and even extreme winds can wear it down over time. Cracks, holes, and other deterioration can easily cause roof leaks.

Age

Unfortunately, one of the most common and frustrating causes of leaky roofing is time itself. As your house ages, it’s expected that certain parts will need updating and replacing. Your roof is no different, so it’s important to give it a quick look-over whenever you have the chance. Make sure that there is no damage from any recent storms. Double-check the shingles, the flashing, and the mortar. Look over any skylights you may have and make sure they’re securely shut. It’s a lot easier to look everything over as opposed to fixing an entire section of your ceiling.

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5 Tips for Choosing the Right Siding for Your Home

5 Tips for Choosing the Right Siding for Your Home- Select Home Exteriors MD

When you invest in new siding, you want it to enhance your home and property, provide protection, and have a long life span. This can be quite the project, but here are five tips to get this process started:

Know your Options

One of the best ways you can begin your home siding project is by learning more about your options. With siding today, there are many options to choose from including vinyl, plastic, brick, fiber cement, stone, aluminum, and stucco.

Vinyl is a leading material in siding and brings together reliability, convenience, and price, but some may dislike the seams or appearance created. Wood siding is durable and creates a nice, traditional and interesting look, but requires more maintenance to remain durable and is more expensive. Brick and stone are some of the toughest materials, resisting rotting and insects, but are also priced much higher. Knowing the pros, cons, and pricing of each siding type can help you gauge what will work best for you and your home’s exterior.

Gather Design Ideas

Your home’s siding is one of the first things visitors see. Along with your roof, gutters, yard, and even your front door, siding plays a large role in creating excellent curb appeal. Spending some time picking the right color and design for your siding is important.

Looking around online can give you an idea of what you want, but driving around your neighborhood and surrounding area to personally see what others have done lets you see things in person and make sure that your choices fit in with the rest of your area.

Consider the Weather

Since your siding protects your home from the elements, taking the climate you live in into consideration is important. Consider which options are best suited for your environment, whether that be high temperatures, freezing temperatures, high humidity and lots of rain, or intense sun. Siding options with more insulation or UV protection can help ensure your home is equipped to take on the weather.

Get a Second Opinion

Ask a professional home designer or siding contractor for his experienced advice or even ask family and friends to bring fresh eyes to your many choices. Looking at all your choices, while attempting to take your existing roof, gutters, trim, windows, and shutter color into consideration when choosing siding can become overwhelming. Seeking other input can help you feel confident with your final decision.

Choose a Good Contractor

To get the right siding, find the right contractor. Choose a contractor who is licensed and insured with referrals and references, so you know your project will be done with the proper care and quality. It’s important to use high-quality materials and services to know your siding will be installed correctly, to avoid serious destructive issues with your siding and home’s structure.

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For more than 20 years, Select Home Exteriors has provided exceptional siding repair and installation to residents in Frederick County, Maryland, and the surrounding areas. We use only the highest quality materials available, giving you siding that will last. Schedule your home siding consultation today!

8 Signs You Might Need New Gutters

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Gutters are extremely important in protecting your home from water damage. They direct water away from the windows, doors, and exterior of your home and make sure water doesn’t leak inside. Cleaning your gutters regularly is helpful, but eventually gutters need to be replaced. How do you know when the time has come to replace and not repair? Here are 8 signs you might need new gutters.

Cracks and Holes

Some of the most blatant signs of wear and tear on your gutters are cracks, holes, and rust spots. These can be occasionally fixed with sealant or other patch-up techniques, but if you start to see too many problem spots, you’ll want to invest in new gutters. Small cracks may not seem like a big deal, but even the smallest cracks become big issues, eventually.

Hardware Issues

Noticing nails and screws on the ground or broken fasteners (those pieces of metal that hold your gutter to your roof and keep it level)? While a few random instances don’t mean you need to bother with a full gutter replacement, if you start seeing many nails and screws scattered below your gutters or constantly find yourself fixing gutter fasteners, there may be an underlying issue with your gutters that could warrant a full replacement.

Gutter Separation

If you see that your gutters are not holding together in a continuous channel, it might be time to replace them. After all, gutters are meant to hold together and carry rain water away from the home, so if the gutters are constantly separating and dumping water in unwanted spots, you may spend more money on home repairs than a gutter replacement!

Gutters Pulling Away from Roof

If you notice the fasteners aren’t quite doing their job as they should and the gutters aren’t flush with your roof anymore, you should be concerned that your fascia boards (the long board that runs along the lower edge of the roof and what the fasteners are attached to) may be rotting. Replacing your gutters includes new fascia boards.

Sagging or Incorrectly Pitched Gutters

You might see water pooling in or spilling over your gutters; this can be caused by your gutters not having proper pitch (the angle to have the water run down and away from the home). If you can’t fix this, you’ll need to get new gutters to protect your home from water damage.

Peeling Paint or Flecks of Orange

Leaky gutters will cause water to seep down onto siding and trim which in turn will cause your paint to peel if the water is a consistent problem. Notice weird flecks of orange? That’s a sign of rust! If you see flaking, of paint or rust, look into the issue a little further. You may be in need of new gutters to save you from re-painting your home.

Basement Flooding

A major red flag is water damage in your basement. Water damage could mean your gutters aren’t getting rid of water efficiently and instead are pouring it near your home’s foundation, where it leaks into the basement and causes flooding. If you have to repair your basement due to flooding, you’ll want to double-check your gutters and replace if necessary.

Landscaping Problems

Noticing more mud around your home than usual? What about pools of water or mildew? Maybe your flower beds appear eroded? Gutters that aren’t properly doing their job can cause all kinds of landscaping issues by dumping water where it shouldn’t go. If your weekend gardening just got more difficult, take some time to investigate your gutters at the potential cause.

Gutters, as mentioned, are integral to keeping your home from water damage. Despite their importance, it’s easy to forget they’re even there, which in turn makes it easy to forget they could be the cause of any number of issues with your home if they aren’t taken care of properly! If you think your gutters need to be replaced, contact Select Home Exteriors. Our experienced gutter contractors can evaluate your current gutters and make any necessary recommendations for replacement or repair. Schedule your consultation today!

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Easy Care & Maintenance for Your Vinyl Siding

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Vinyl siding is known as an easy-to-care-for housing material, especially compared to wood and some other materials. While it is much more low-maintenance, there are a few steps you can take to make sure your siding remains looking as good as the day you installed it.

Cleaning Tips

Your vinyl siding is so low-maintenance that it only requires occasional cleaning with mild soap and the water from your garden hose! Use a soft bristle brush or a soft cloth; the bristle brush will be best for textured siding to that the grooves remain stain-free.

If you think you want to use a power washer, check the instructions on your washer and the siding manufacturer’s instructions first. If the manufacturer gives the OK, make sure you aim the power washer straight at the top of the siding. Aiming upwards could cause the water to be forcefully driven behind the siding.

Mold or mildew may appear on your siding; luckily, there are easy ways to clean that off. For a small spot, using a cleaner such as Windex will do the trick. If the mold or mildew is more widespread, you can make a solution yourself. Mix 30% vinegar with 70% water and use that for the large affected area.

General Maintenance

After awhile, your siding may become discolored. To prevent this, you’ll want to make sure you cover the siding while you do any home renovations and when you apply certain insecticides and herbicides. Check the labels of any chemicals you use around your home. They should mention if they will have any negative effects on your siding.

Never have any open flames around your siding. Vinyl can melt when exposed to significant heat. In fact, no matter what sort of siding you have on your home, you will want to keep grills and ignitable materials (dry leaves, mulch, etc.) away.

Finally, if you are planning on updating your home and want to paint the siding you have installed, make sure you check with the manufacturer first! Some brands may void the warranty if you paint your siding.

Maryland’s Vinyl Siding Installation & Repair Experts

For more than 20 years, Select Home Exteriors has provided exceptional vinyl siding installation and repairs to customers throughout central Maryland. We offer a variety of colors, styles, and brands to meet your individual needs. Contact us today for a free estimate!