Safeguarding your siding: practical tips for homeowners

August 27, 2023 by

Every homeowner knows that their house is more than just walls and a foundation; it’s a reflection of their style, a shelter for their family, and an investment for the future. Across America, this sentiment rings true, with countless individuals taking pride in ensuring their homes stand the test of time and nature. A key player in this battle against the elements is the home’s siding. It’s not just about curb appeal; it’s the armor your home wears to fend off weather challenges, intrusive pests, and even the occasional fire hazard.Deep red JamesHardie siding on a home

Gunner’s proactive approach: why maintenance is key

Understanding the importance of siding is the first step. How do we ensure it serves its protective role for years, looking as good as day one? We at Gunner are big believers in proactive maintenance. Just like you’d take your car for regular checkups or water your plants to see them bloom, your home’s siding also benefits from consistent care. By adopting a few easy practices, homeowners can maximize the life span of their siding, ensuring it continues to protect and beautify the home for many years to come. Now, let’s get into some actionable steps you can take to achieve just that.

Tips for siding maintenance

Add gutters and downspouts: These are your home’s first line of defense against rainwater. Without them, water can wreak havoc on your siding. If your house doesn’t already come equipped with them, consider installing gutters and downspouts. They direct rainwater away, reducing potential siding damage.

Clear out gutters regularly: Think of it as a routine checkup. Ensure your gutters and drainage systems are free from obstructions like leaves, dirt, and twigs. Regular cleaning prevents water overflow that could damage your siding.

Manage nearby vegetation: Plants are beautiful, but they need their space, and so does your siding. Keep plants, bushes, and young trees pruned and at a distance from your home. This not only prevents physical damage but also reduces the risk of trapped moisture against the siding.

Optimize sprinkler positioning: Water is essential for your lawn, not your siding. If you have sprinkler systems, reposition them to avoid direct or prolonged contact with your siding. Consistent water exposure can be detrimental.

Be cautious with deicing salts: While they’re great for preventing slips, these salts can wear out your siding’s finish. Instead, consider using sand or gravel on icy patches close to your siding.

Maintain proper ground clearance: It’s vital to ensure a gap (around 6 inches) between your siding and the ground level. This prevents direct contact with soil and water. Remember, avoid raising the landscape level right up to the siding.

Cleaning: Rinsing with a simple garden hose can remove most of the accumulated dirt. For tougher stains, a mix of water and mild detergent along with a soft bristled brush works wonders. Avoid using a power washer because it can damage the siding surface.

Inspect for damage: Look out for any signs of cracks, rot, hail damage, or other potential issues. Addressing them promptly ensures longevity.

Conduct repairs promptly: If you notice any damage or signs of wear and tear, address them immediately. Whether it’s sealing small cracks, replacing damaged panels, or treating areas with rot or mold, timely repairs prevent small issues from escalating into larger, costlier problems.

Sealant checks: Periodically inspect the caulk and trim around joints, windows, doors, and other openings in your siding. If they appear cracked or worn out, reapply them to maintain a watertight barrier.

Armed with these tips, you’re well on your way to ensuring that your home’s exterior remains as impressive as the day it was first installed.

How can Gunner help?

While DIY siding maintenance tips are immensely valuable, sometimes you need a professional touch, especially when it’s about something as vital as your home’s exterior siding. This is where Gunner Roofing comes into the picture.White JamesHardie siding on a home

At Gunner, we’re not just passionate about siding; we’re experts in it. As a James Hardie Elite Preferred contractor, we specialize in James Hardie fiber cement siding, setting us apart in the industry. We firmly believe this material stands out among other siding options like vinyl siding, wood siding, and even steel siding. James Hardie products are celebrated for their minimal maintenance requirements, offering homeowners a harmonious blend of durability, elegance, and innovation. These products shield homes against extreme weather, moisture, pests, mold, mildew, and even fire. Given their unmatched durability, it’s no surprise they’re our top recommendation to homeowners. Beyond resilience, James Hardie siding significantly elevates your home’s curb appeal. With a plethora of design options at hand, homeowners can transform their homes to match the aesthetic they’ve always envisioned.JamesHardie siding on a home

But why stop at siding? Gutters play a pivotal role in safeguarding both your siding and your home’s foundation against water damage. We’re proficient in gutter replacements and even extend our expertise to window installations and replacements. Beyond that, our knowledge encompasses comprehensive home inspections. Through these inspections, we can assess the health of your siding, gutters, windows, and the overall integrity of your home’s exterior. We identify cracks, moisture issues, pest damage, and other problems, providing informed recommendations to ensure the longevity of your property.

Commitment to quality: ensuring your siding lasts for decades

Wrapping things up, investing in quality siding materials and maintaining them speaks volumes about your commitment as a homeowner. And when it’s time for expert intervention, be it installation, inspection, or replacement, remember that Gunner Roofing is here for you. Our team’s love for James Hardie products and an unwavering dedication to quality means you can trust us to shield and style your home for years to come. Contact us to find out how we can give your home the look and protection it truly deserves.

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