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Is Vinyl Siding a No Maintenance Product

Vinyl siding is one of the most popular siding options for both residential and commercial properties. We were recently at a client’s home however who was upset with some algae and mold growing on her siding. She was under the assumption that vinyl siding was no maintenance. While vinyl is a great, it unfortunately is NOT no maintenance. No outdoor surface is no maintenance.

Just like any other outdoor surfaces, vinyl siding can become dirty and needs to be washed from time to time. Dirt and dust, as well as fibers and sugars from surrounding vegetation will settle on the surface. All of those elements are perfect food for mildew and algae. That’s why you often notice a greenish film on vinyl that hasn’t been cleaned in a long time.

Your vinyl siding can also get dark streaks towards to the top of it. That is caused by tar and roof shingles.

Despite its need for maintenance, vinyl siding is still a low maintenance product and does respond well to pressure washing. At Renew Crew, we do suggest that homeowners hire a professional to clean their siding. If a pressure washer is misused, it can easily dent or crack vinyl. You also have to be careful of water getting up and under the siding.

Renew Crew utilizes a three-step process to pressure wash vinyl siding. Our environmentally friendly cleaner will kill and remove dirt, mold, mildew and algae, but it won’t harm the vinyl or the surrounding foliage it may come in contact with.

After cleaning and rinsing the vinyl, we apply a protective layer to keep your siding and home looking cleaner longer. It stops elements from settling and growing on the side of your home.

Siding cleaning is something that does need to be tackled on a regular basis. The time between professional cleanings will depend on where your home is and what elements are common. If you notice anything between cleanings, take your garden hose to see if it will wash off. A lot of dirt and dust will come right off with water if it hasn’t had a change to settle in.

If you have questions regarding cleaning and protecting vinyl siding, please reach out to your local Renew Crew office.

Cleaning Concrete in your Backyard

For many homeowners, concrete pavers or stamped concrete is a great option for building a patio, walkway or driveway. It’s easy to work with, stands up well to the outdoor elements and can be designed in many ways.

Stamped concrete is a major player in the outdoor living design world. If you’re unfamiliar with this technique, it is when concrete is poured and then stamped to look like another product. Often times it is stamped to look like stone or brick. Color can also be added to the concrete to add visual interest and to make it look even more like the stamped pattern.

The downside of using concrete is that is extremely porous when it isn’t properly sealed. Water, dirt and dust can seep into the surface and cause issues. Water, for instance, can make its way into the concrete and then freeze when temperatures drop. When the water freezes it expands and causes cracking and crumbling throughout the structure.

Cleaning and sealing concrete will not only keep your outdoor surface looking great, but will keep it in good condition.

Concrete, because of the porous nature, absorbs a lot of liquid that can cause a lot of staining. It’s important to have it professional pressure washing periodically to remove any stains and dirt. At Renew Crew, we pay particular attention to any oil or other deep set stains before applying our overall cleaner to the entire season.

The sealing step is what will keep your concrete looking great. Just like wood, the color of concrete will fade the longer it is left out to absorb the sun’s ray. A good concrete sealant brings the color back into the surface as well repel water and other elements.

If you have questions on cleaning and sealing concrete, please contact your local Renew Crew office.

Should I Clean and Seal my Fence?

Fences may not be an outdoor surface that you “use” like your deck, patio, driveway or walkway, but they still serve a purpose. They define your outdoor living space and property and keep your kids and pets in the yard (or your neighbors out). They, like all your outdoor surface, need regular maintenance to stay looking great.

But why do you need to clean and seal your grey and weathering fence if it’s just a border around your property? Here’s why:

Wood fences withstand a lot of elements being outside. It’s normal for mold, mildew and dirt to build up over time. All of that, plus the wood drying out from the sun’s harmful rays, can weaken the wood. Regular fence cleaning and sealing will make your fence last longer. It will keep the wood from drying out and breaking.

Fences are part of your outdoor landscape. Unless they are completely covered by bushes and trees, you will lookout into your backyard and to your fence. Don’t you want it to look nice? Take this deck for example. While the yard is nice and green, the fence is grey dreary. After a nice and thorough fence cleaning, it looks brand new and much more pleasant to look at while spending time outdoors with friends and family.

At Renew Crew, we recommend not only cleaning the fencing that faces your outdoor living spaces, but also the fence that faces the street and passersby. A clean and sealed fence will increase the curb appeal of your home, making it look like a property that is well cared for.

Fence cleaning requires a great outdoor cleaning product and pressure washing. At Renew Crew, we use environmentally friendly foam to clean wood. Pressure washing is important to removing the built-up dirt and splintering wood, but when done incorrectly, it can also leave marks and gouges in the wood. Hiring a professional to do the work ensures your fence is left undamaged.

Sealing the fence will bring back the color to the wood as well as protect it against the elements.

If you have questions on fence cleaning and sealing, please contact your local Renew Crew office.

Brighten your Home’s Façade with Gutter Cleaning

Gutter cleaning is an important part of outdoor maintenance, however, most homeowners focused solely on the inside of the gutters. But cleaning the outside of your gutters makes your home look brighter and well kept.

I have to admit, when I first purchased our home, I never even looked at the outside of my gutters. As a new homeowner, I knew I needed to periodically clean out any leaves or other debris that may clog my gutters, but when it came to the outside of the gutters, they were completely ignored. It wasn’t until I really paid attention that I realized how dirty they were!

When you think about it, it’s not surprising that the outside of gutters get so dirty. Tar and debris from your roof shingles will streak down and stain the outside, dirty water may roll over the surface and they are constantly vulnerable to Mother Nature’s elements.

Cleaning your gutters is one home maintenance task that we recommend a professional pressure washing company tackle for you as there are some safety concerns. Gutters are high off the ground and you’ll need the right equipment to reach the area (you don’t want to clean on an unsteady ladder). Additionally, gutters can easily be cut or dented if a pressure washer isn’t used properly.

At Renew Crew, our trained gutter cleaning and protecting technicians will make your gutters look great, and keep them looking that way! First we apply a deep penetrating cleaning foam to the entire gutter. We use environmentally friendly foam because it sticks to the surface longer than a liquid, allowing it to loosen dirt and stains.

After the foam does its job, we rinse it all away with a pressure washer. After this step, you’ll be able to notice the difference clean gutters can make!

Lastly, we apply a clear protectant to the gutters. The protectant will keep dirt and stains from setting into the surface again.

If you have questions regarding professional gutter cleaning, or any other outdoor surface, please call your local Renew Crew experts.