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.