Wood siding is a classic choice because of its impeccable beauty and durability. However, it’s weak against moisture, with prolonged exposure causing it to deteriorate early, leaving your home vulnerable to damage.
To keep your wood siding in tip-top shape, follow these tips from Kroll Construction, your premier siding and wood window replacement contractor:
Get Rid of the Stains
It’s imperative to clean the siding every year using a soft-bristled brush and warm, soapy water. Clean the siding from bottom to top to avoid unsightly drip marks and rinse thoroughly.
If there’s mildew, use a fungus-killing cleanser. Make sure that you wear eye protection and cover nearby plants for protection against splashes. For rust stains, you can use a solution of oxalic acid dissolved in warm water. Wear protective gear as you apply the mixture to the stain and scrub with the brush.
Choose the Right Sealer
Wood expands and contracts with temperature fluctuations. Left unprotected, the paint will chip and crack. The caulk may also break away from the surface, causing moisture to accumulate beneath. As your siding and wood window replacement specialist, we recommend sealing your siding with one of the following:
Clear Sealers – They preserve the natural look of wood while preventing moisture damage. They should be reapplied at least every two years.
Paint – It’s the most common option for homeowners as it provides the advantage to switch siding colors. It needs to be done every five years or when it’s already past its prime.
Stain – It seeps through wood fibers to make them impervious to moisture. It also withstands chipping and cracking. However, it can be hard to change the color of the previously stained siding because it’s a penetrating sealer.
Take Protective Steps
Because your siding is exposed to the elements 24/7, it will eventually sustain damage. You can prevent major problems from surfacing, however, by being proactive. Trim nearby bush and tree branches to prevent moisture from finding its way into cracks and openings. You should also be careful when you mow as sticks and stones can be thrown off and inflict damage to the siding.
As your siding and wood window replacement expert, Kroll Construction is here to help you meet your needs with long-term and cost-effective solutions. Contact us at (844) 688-9632 to learn more about our products or services. We serve Detroit, MI, and surrounding Michigan communities.