If you just had wood siding placed on your home, you are most likely enjoying the appearance of the new exterior. Since you just made this investment, you will want to keep the wood siding in the best possible condition so it looks great for years to come. Here are some steps you can follow in keeping your wood siding from becoming damaged so it retains its original appearance as a result.
Take Time To Finish
If you leave wood siding unfinished, it will be prone to all types of damage from moisture to wood rot. It is extremely important to add a coating of paint or stain on the unfinished wood to keep it protected from elements. Paint will provide adequate protection but will be more prone to cracking and peeling as the years pass. For this reason, it is important to keep on top of repainting sessions. Stain also gives the home protection but the coloring cannot be easily altered once it has been stained. Be positive you enjoy the color you are selecting to stain your wood siding before you apply it to the entire home. You can however, switch to paint after staining if you wish to change the appearance dramatically in the future.
Clean The Home Appropriately
Make sure to clean the wood siding on your home at least once every year. Use a soft-bristled brush and a wood cleaner to scrub away any debris present upon the surface. Afterward, rinse well with a pressure washer. It is best to do the cleaning in sections so the detergent does not dry onto the wood during the process. Should you notice areas with mold present, use a mixture of one part bleach to four parts water to cleanse the area. This will kill the mold spores in the area.
Protect To Avoid Damage
Make sure the caulk around your windows, doors, and at the edges of the home is doing its job at protecting your home by doing spot checks for deterioration. When you notice spots where caulk is crumbling, scrape it from the area using a paint scraper. Then, apply new caulk to this area to keep cracks filled.
It is a good idea to trim back foliage around your home so there is no risk of moisture being transferred to the wood panels from an overhanging branch. At the first signs of a damaged wood panel, give a call to a contractor like Kemp's Windows Inc to come and replace it with a new piece. This will ensure additional pieces of wood do not become damaged due to moisture or a pest invasion getting underneath the broken part of the siding.Share
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