Cleaning Your Siding: Professional or DIY?

Cleaning Your Siding: Professional or DIY?

If you have siding on your home, you may not have thought about cleaning your siding or even known where to start. Keep reading to learn more.

You may wonder whether it’s worth it to get a professional or DIY the cleaning of your siding. 

And while there are pros and cons to both options, only you can decide which way is the best for you. Here are a few things to consider.

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 probable that 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 take off the stuck-on gunk and remove beehives and hornet’s nests from the eaves.  Another reason to clean siding is for the curb appeal aspect. When a home’s exterior 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. Benefits 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. Professionals also know to protect windows and door seals. Disadvantages may include being at the mercy of the professional, the cost of both equipment and labor, and the possibility of damage or added costs if the pro isn’t competent.

The advantages of a do-it-yourself method 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.

Mountain States Windows and Siding for Siding Replacement

When it comes to cleaning your siding, only you can decide whether hiring a professional or taking the DIY route is right for you. But after a while, you might find that you’ll need to replace your siding altogether, and when that time comes, Mountain States Windows and Siding is here for you! We have dozens of siding options so that you’re sure to find something that fits your home, style, and unique needs. We serve homes across Utah County and Salt Lake County from Spanish Fork to Midvale, Utah, so contact us today to learn more about our siding options and get started on your next home project!

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