Investing in new vinyl siding for your home is generally a major expense. Even though vinyl is one of the most affordable siding materials on the market, outfitting an entire home with new siding boards still requires quite a bit of money for most Carolina families. Once your siding is installed, there’s no doubt you’ll want to take the best possible care of it. The easiest way to understand how to maintain your siding is to be aware of what is most likely to damage it.
One of the biggest enemies of vinyl siding is sunlight. Although modern manufacturers take steps to make their vinyl boards more resistant than ever to ultraviolet rays, vinyl will still inevitably fade over time. Rain is another culprit, as it can settle in the grooves of vinyl siding, ultimately leading to unsightly mold and algae growth. This is especially common in humid regions like North Carolina and South Carolina.
Many homeowners are curious about the benefits of using liquid siding protectant to maintain the original appearance of their vinyl siding boards. In this guide, you’ll discover more about this option and other options you can use to keep your siding in great shape for as long as possible.
Some protection is built-in
As you have already learned, siding manufacturers take steps to make their product lines as resistant as possible to the elements. One thing that is becoming increasingly common, for instance, is coating vinyl boards with titanium oxide. This is the active ingredient in many sunscreens. Improved resins that don’t break down quickly when they are exposed to sunlight is another technological advancement that helps today’s siding last longer than its predecessors right out of the box.
YOU CAN ADD A LIQUID SEALER
Liquid siding protectant, or sealer as it is often called, is intended to prevent vinyl siding from damage. It is important to note, though, that there are no clear guidelines for how these solutions are manufactured and tested. This means homeowners primarily have to rely on reviews from other buyers when they are planning to purchase one of these products.
Some people strongly believe in liquid protectants to keep their vinyl boards in excellent condition, while others don’t really see a difference in how their siding wears over time. There is no evidence that a sealer will harm your siding and most options are affordable, so it’s worth a try if you’re interested in seeing the results for yourself.
Consider waxing your siding
If you are skeptical of liquid sealers, but you still want to do something to keep your siding in tip-top shape, the wax is an exceptional solution. Typically, polyurethane-based siding waxes are applied during the power washing process. If you haven’t had the exterior of your home professionally power washed recently, consider having it done soon and inquire about adding a protective waxing treatment.
Whatever questions you have about protecting your siding, the Hatch Homes team is here to provide you with the answers you need. We handle all sorts of Carolina siding projects and look forward to helping you with your upcoming job. Whether you are interested in having brand new siding installed or you just want to keep the siding you already have looking perfect, we are here to assist you every step of the way.