Vinyl siding is a form of plastic siding that’s known for its durability, affordability and low-maintenance qualities. It’s also relatively easy to install and versatile. It comes in different styles and colors, and it can mimic the appearance of wood and other materials.
To clean your vinyl siding, use a soft cloth (or a soft bristle brush) and a general cleaner. Make sure the cleaner you use doesn’t contain any of the following, according to the Vinyl Siding Institute:
- Organic solvents
- Undiluted chlorine bleach
- Liquid grease remover
- Nail polish remover
- Furniture polish or cleaner
After cleaning, rinse your siding thoroughly. For the best results, you can also hire a professional vinyl siding cleaner near you.
If you’re thinking about painting your vinyl siding, choose a paint that has acrylic or urethane resins to help it stick to the vinyl. Many experts recommend choosing an exterior latex urethane paint.
However, you should always find out from your vinyl siding manufacturer if your warranty will be void if you decide to paint it, states the Vinyl Siding Institute.
Homeowners can remove vinyl siding by using a removal tool, such as a zip tool. Removing the siding yourself may save you money. But if you’re not an experienced DIY-er (or you just don’t want to do this task on your own), you can hire a siding contractor to handle this for you.
Vinyl siding can last up to 60 years, according to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. However, you need to stay on top of repairs, maintenance and cleaning if you want your siding to last a long time.