If you have siding on your home, you may not have thought about cleaning it or even known where to start. You may even ask whether it’s worth it to get a professional or DIY. Learn about the pros and cons of both and how to decide.
Why Should I Clean My Siding?
Keeping the exterior of your home clean is just as important as keeping the interior clean, and it may even help increase your home’s value and increase the life of the siding. If you own a home, it’s likely the siding has never been cleaned, just because the thought never crossed your mind or that of the previous homeowner. It’s like trying to clean brick. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t clean it, especially if you live in a location that gets snow, heavy rains, or your home is older and is starting to show its age.
Power washing tends to be the most effective, because of the strength and force of the water. It can usually get stuck-on gunk, as well as remove beehives and hornet’s nests from the eaves. Another reason to clean siding is for the curb appeal. When the exterior of a home looks nice, it adds increased value and appearance to the street and neighborhood in general. Also, if you move, it can boost the potential buyer’s interest.
Benefits of Cleaning Siding
It’s always a good idea to remove pollutants where they land. The environment collects smoke, acid rain, bird excrement, and more; it then settles on the siding, increasing your exposure to them. Other benefits of cleaning siding include:
- Preventing costly repairs
- Saves Time
- Keeps your family healthy
- Prolongs the life of siding
- Removes cobwebs, pollen, and rust
Now, the question becomes should you get a professional to do it or DIY and how often should you do it?
Professional or DIY Siding Cleaning
Using a professional has its advantages and disadvantages, just as DIY. Advantages of using a professional means the job is done right. Power washers have training and expertise, not to mention experience, washing all types of buildings, not just siding. They know what force to use so as not to damage the siding. They also know to protect windows and door seals. Disadvantages may include being at the mercy of the professional, cost of both equipment and labor, and the possibility of damage or added costs if the pro isn’t competent.
The advantages of DIY include control over the project, cost savings, and allowing more time to finish the project. Disadvantages of DIY could result in a higher cost – especially if not done right and damage occurs or you get the wrong equipment for your siding. You could also expose yourself or your lawn to pollutants. If your home is multi-leveled, using a ladder carries its own risks.
Researching what works best for your home can help you decide which direction to go, knowing whatever you choose is right for your home. If you would like more information or help with siding, contact Mountain States Windows and Siding today.