While mildew growth on your vinyl siding is mostly harmless, when left unchecked it can make your home’s exterior look dull and dingy. Luckily, it’s not hard to prevent mildew from growing on your siding in the first place so long as you’re armed with a little bit of know-how. Learn how to keep mildew in check in today’s blog, below.
Visually inspect your vinyl siding
When mildew is present, it is important to take care of it quickly so that it does not get worse. For this reason, you should get into the habit of visually inspecting your vinyl siding frequently. Mildew is most likely to grow in moist and shady areas, so be sure to keep a close eye on any parts of your siding that are frequently exposed to moisture or are shaded. Be sure to regularly clean your dryer vent to keep it in good condition.
Keep your gutters clear
Clogged gutters can lead to mildew growth because they will leak rainwater on specific areas of your siding. If your gutters are clogged, cracked, split, or otherwise leaking, they will need to be repaired promptly in order to ensure the health of your vinyl siding.
Maintain your ventilation ducts
Your duct venting can cause concentrated areas of moisture that can lead to mildew growth on your siding. To prevent this from becoming a problem, be sure to keep an eye on the siding around your dryer vent in order to ensure that an excess amount of moisture is not accumulating.
Remove mildew promptly
If you do notice signs of mildew growth then you’ll need to address is quickly to ensure it doesn’t get out of hand. Luckily, vinyl siding is very easy to clean. All you need to do is create a solution of 3 parts water to 1 part bleach, apply to affected areas, and let sit for 30 minutes before rinsing away with a garden hose. By following these simple maintenance tips, you can be sure that your vinyl siding will look great for years to come!
Want to learn more about vinyl siding maintenance?
To learn more about residing your home, contact Schaefer Siding and Exteriors today. We’ve been installing siding in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and the Delmarva area since 1977. We’re both VSI certified and a CertainTeed 5-Star rated Contractor. Contact us today at 410-781-4028 or email us. You can also visit our website for more information.