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How to Maintain Fiber Cement Siding

As a low-maintenance option, it’s easy to neglect fiber cement siding. While many homeowners do this, it’s not ideal. It still needs proper maintenance, so that it can last as long as possible. Here’s how you can maintain it properly to save money in repairs or replacement.

Clean the Gutters

The gutter system is one of the most important parts of your home. It keeps water from running off the roof, hitting your siding and ruining the structure. That’s why maintaining it is important because it affects the rest of your residence. Make sure it is clear of any debris. Otherwise, the water will pool and spill over, potentially causing dark stains to the exterior.

Check the Caulk

The caulk is responsible for holding your siding, whether vinyl siding or any other type. together. It’s a strong type of glue designed to attach the siding to intersections. This includes the door frame, the window trims, and the side of your wall. Inspect to see if it is wearing out and be ready to recaulk it. If you are not sure on how to do this, call a professional to show you.

Wash the Siding

Washing the siding varies, depending on what brand you use. Some are strong enough to handle power or pressure washing. However, others may fade or get damaged from it. To be safe, use a garden hose and be ready to scrub the sides. Do this at least twice a year to keep mold and mildew from growing.

Repaint When Needed

Depending on what type of fiber cement siding you buy, repainting is going to be important. Some are pre-painted so they can last up to 15 years before fading. Others, especially those with custom colors, won’t have the same longevity. Always inspect the siding and check for any peeling or cracking paint. When you spot it, repaint it with a new coat immediately.

When you need maintenance for your home, DryTech Roofing LLC is here to help. You can call us at (240) 491-5600 or fill out our online form to request an estimate. We’re the leading provider of home improvement services in Maryland.