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Vinyl Siding Care & Maintenance

Expert advice on how to maintain and care for exterior vinyl siding, with common problems, easy repairs and vinyl cleaning tips.

Although vinyl siding doesn’t rot or wear in the same way as wood, it can crack or puncture. You can keep your siding in good shape by trimming shrubbery and trees away from the house so they don’t mar the material. If a section does become badly damaged, you’ll have to replace it.

Heavy winds can sometimes pull vinyl siding off a house, so be sure it is firmly attached or consider other options in hurricane and tornado country.

To keep your vinyl siding looking good, clean it once a year or so. You’ll need a hose, a sponge, and a mild detergent such as laundry soap or TSP. You may want to use a car-wash brush or a high-pressure hose if you have grime built up from air pollution and exhaust. Be sure to cover nearby plants with plastic tarps.

Vinyl color is not a surface coating but permeates the material, so the color won’t wear away. If you don’t like the color of your vinyl siding, you can paint it. Two coats of 100% acrylic latex paint are recommended for a sound finish. But keep in mind that if you do paint your siding, you will need to repaint it periodically, the same way that board siding has to be.

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About Don Vandervort
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Don Vandervort developed his expertise more than 30 years ago as Building Editor for both Sunset Books and Home Magazine. He has written more than 30 home improvement books and countless magazine articles. He appeared regularly on HGTV’s “The Fix,” and served as MSN’s home expert. Don founded HomeTips in 1996.

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