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Answers To Vinyl Siding Questions

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Are you looking for a quick way to give your home a facelift? If so, vinyl siding may be just the answer you are looking for. If you are switching from wood to vinyl, you may have questions on durability, maintenance, and more. The following guide can help answer some of those questions.

Will vinyl fade or become discolored from sun exposure?

Vinyl siding is made of two layers of material that are fused together. The outer layer contains the color and texturing, along with UV resistant materials that prevent it from fading in the sun. The interior layer is more compact, giving the vinyl its strength. Wood, on the other hand, will fade in the sun and will periodically need to be repainted to maintain its color.

What kind of damage is vinyl prone to and can it be repaired?

Vinyl siding is resistant to moisture damage and UV damage, which can both take a toll on wood siding. It also has some gift, so it can resist some blunt force trauma, like minor hail or a hit from a wayward ball, without denting like metal siding would. Extreme trauma can result in a hole or crack, though. Heat, such as from a grill placed too near the home, can also cause damage in the form of warping. Fortunately, this is usually a simple fix as long as you kept a length or two of extra siding boards on hand or can find a color match through a contractor. All you have to do is remove the damaged board and replace it with a new length, which quickly snaps into place. 

Is mold a problem with vinyl?

The siding panels are made so that there is still air circulation beneath them, which ensures moisture doesn't get trapped and cause mold growth in the walls. The panels also overlap in such a way as to make it difficult for wind to force moisture beneath them. You may have mildew or algae growth on the exterior of a panel if environmental conditions are right (just as can occur with any siding option), but it shouldn't be a problem underneath the siding.

How is vinyl siding maintained?

There are few maintenance needs. You can rinse off the vinyl with a garden hose if it begins to look dusty or dirty. If the siding becomes exceptionally dirty, such as after a wind storm or due to mildew growth, deeper cleaning may be needed. For this, use warm soapy water for dirt or a diluted bleach solution to kill mildew. Scrub the walls with a long-handled deck brush, using the solution. When done, simply rinse with water. This is an infrequent chore that only has to be done if there is a visual need.

To learn more, contact a company like Professional Home Improvement Inc