You strive to keep the outside of your home as clean as possible, especially if you’re in a nicer neighborhood or part of an HOA. Vinyl is one of the most popular materials to use for siding no matter where you are in the country. It’s a relatively low cost, comes in a variety of colors to match your style, and it can hold up to different types of weather. One of the biggest complaints we get from our customers is their siding looking faded or lackluster. They’ve also noticed a white chalky substance on the material that they assume is from the salty air. All of this is caused by your vinyl siding oxidizing. Here’s why your need to get your vinyl siding cleaned regularly.
What is oxidized vinyl siding?
Oxidation is a naturally occurring process of vinyl siding. It happens with the polyvinyl chloride, or the PVC, the material is exposed to natural elements, such as oxygen, and is mixed with dirt and grime. While the fading cannot be reversed without either replacing the vinyl, oxidation can do a lot more damage. If left unchecked it can lead to deterioration or degradation of the exterior cladding. Regular cleaning and maintenance ensures that your siding will last for many more years.
Can you clean the siding yourself?
Checking for signs oxidation is simple. The biggest sign is going to be that chalky substance. It’s more obvious in a dark color than lighter colors or pastels. The easiest test is to run your finger along the siding to see if it comes up. While you can use household products like vinegar and water to clean it off, we don’t recommend you doing it yourself. As you get higher up it will become more difficult and dangerous to clean everything.
Why should you hire Advanced Power Wash to clean your siding?
One of the best ways not only clean off the oxidation but other dirt and grime from your siding is with power washing. You’ll actually end up saving money in having regular maintenance and cleaning done to your siding rather than trying to clean it yourself.