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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.

Remove that Mold and Mildew before it gets Dangerous

Have you ever walked around your home and noticed some spots that just don’t look right? Are they white, gray or black? If so, that’s mold and mildew, a natural evil of the outside world. While it is natural, it can cause some health concerns if left to its own devices.

If left outside, mold and mildew aren’t a major concern (except that it looks awful), but it can work its way inside your home even if it is on your siding outside. Spores get in through cracks, windows and doors. It can cause some health problems (especially for the elderly and young) including headaches, difficulty breathing and asthma. To avoid this, pay attention to what is happening on the outside of your house as well as in.

Mold and mildew grow best in moist and shady areas. On your property, you may have sections that you could describe that way, but others may not be as easy to recognize. Overflowing gutters can cause a lot of moisture on your siding as it rolls down as well as around your laundry dryer exhaust.

The first step in protecting you and your family is to be observant and take action as soon as you see any mold and mildew on your siding. If you catch it early and it is present in an easy to reach spot, you may be able to clean it off yourself.

Make it a habit to spray down your siding a few times a year to get rid of any, dirt, mold and mildew that is loosely attached to the surface.

Do not ever paint over built up mold and mildew. You are just locking it in and it can continue to grow and cause damage.

Pressure washing siding should be done periodically if mold and mildew are a problem on your property. Due to the strength of a pressure washer, we suggest having a professional pressure washing company. Damaging siding with a pressure washer will just cause more issues instead of fixing the mold and mildew one.

At Renew Crew, we use our three-step process to clean and protect vinyl siding. Our pre-soak foam will kill the mold and mildew and loosen it from the surface before pressure washing it all away. When the surface is clean and looking new, we will add a protectant to keep it that way! This is an important step that makes the work last that the typical pressure washing company doesn’t do.

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

Preparing Your House for the Holidays

The holidays are just around the corner, which means it is the season of cheer and company. Growing up, I must say, that my house always looked its best in November and December. Why? Because it was always filled with expected and unexpected visitors and my parents always wanted the house to look great.

Preparing the house for the holidays didn’t just happen inside the house. Yes, my mom was a cleaning fiend that time of year, but we all took notice of the outside of our home as well. The yard was always picked up, walkways brushed and house cleaned when needed. Yes, I said the house itself was cleaned. We had vinyl siding and just like any other outdoor surface, it required periodic maintenance.

Vinyl siding is the most common choice when it comes to siding. It is available in so many styles and colors and is very durable so it isn’t surprising that it is used so often. It does however, get that dull, weathered look over time. This doesn’t mean that it needs to be replaced, it just needs to be cleaned. If you are like my family and have visitors during the holidays, now is the perfect time to clean your vinyl siding.

At Renew Crew, we use the same three step process that we do on all of our projects on vinyl and the difference is amazing! Take a look at this siding before we visited. You can see that the dirt and dust has settled on the surface.And now look at what it looks like. Quite the difference a thorough cleaning can make.

The first step is foam the siding thoroughly. We use foam siding cleaners because it clings to the surface more than a liquid based cleaner. Liquid cleaner runs down vertical surfaces before it has the chance to remove dirt or kill mold and mildew. Additionally, our cleaner is environmentally-friendly, so our clients don’t have to be worried about surrounding plants or trees.

After the foam has the chance to work, killing and removing whatever was on the siding, we use a pressure washer to wash everything away. Vinyl is durable, but a pressure washer is strong. We’ve had calls from homeowners that have made the mistake of pressure washing their home before, just to use too much pressure and crack the siding. It is always better to have a professional come out and pressure wash any of your home’s outdoor surfaces.

Lastly, we apply a protectant to the vinyl that will keep it looking better longer.

After cleaning your siding, your home will be ready for your holiday decorations and your visitors to arrive. If you have any questions regarding outdoor surface cleaning, please call your local Renew Crew office.

Does your house look dirty? Clean it!

I grew up in a house with beautiful grey vinyl siding. Every year my dad had it cleaned even though I could barely notice any dirt. He always told me that it was because he wanted to be ahead of the problem before it got too bad and the house looked dirty.

Three years after my parents sold the house we drove by to see it, for memories sake. I was heartbroken by what I saw. The house looked awful. The new owners had made some changes to the landscaping that was odd, but the big difference was dirt that had built up on the vinyl siding. It was awful. At that moment I knew my dad was right about his commitment to cleaning the siding (although I’ll never admit it to him).

Pressure washing vinyl siding is important with respect to keeping your home looking nice and making the siding last longer. That being said, it is important to have a professional do it so as not to damage the siding. Pressure washing is named that for a reason, it has a lot of pressure. If you aren’t familiar with the machine and how it works, it is very easy to gouge dents and holes into siding which could lead to moisture and mold build up underneath.

At Renew Crew, we use a foam on the side that loosens built up dirt and grime. Seen here, the foam sits on the vertical surface just for a few minutes.

Once the foam has had a chance to work its way through the dirt, we use non-damaging pressure to remove the foam and dirt. Look how effective it is.

Vinyl siding should be pressure washed on a regular basis depending on the outdoor elements. Call your local Renew Crew office to receive a free estimate.