Fiber cement siding is a siding material that doesn’t require much to maintain. However, that doesn’t mean there’s no need to maintain it. To make it last longer, you will need to care for it every now and then. If you’re stumped when it comes to caring for your fiber cement siding, worry not as there are ways to do it.
In this post, DryTech Roofing LLC, one of the best installers of James Hardie®plank siding, gives you maintenance tips to make your fiber cement siding last longer.
Maintain Gutters and Downspouts
Whether it’s fiber cement or some other material, moisture is one of the biggest problems that can affect your home’s siding. With that in mind, gutter and downspout maintenance is one of the things you can do to prevent moisture damage. Clean your gutters and downspouts at least twice a year to prevent clogs that can cause the water buildup that can lead to damage to your siding.
Cleaning your siding is also another thing you should do, otherwise mold and mildew can grow on your siding. This can degrade its integrity or even put the health of your household members at risk. To clean your siding, rent a pressure washer or use a high pressure hose to spray it from top to bottom. If there’s a thick layer of dust, dish soap might help you completely remove it. Alternatively, you can also use a low-pressure spray or a soft-bristle brush if the finish is delicate.
While fiber cement can be moisture resistant, it is vulnerable to condensation, leaks, warping and mold. To combat this, sealants like silicone caulk are often used to join the siding to other parts of your home. Have a professional inspect your caulk every now and then to see if there are any cracks that need to be repaired. While it’s possible to fix this yourself, it’s always best to get a professional like DryTech Roofing LLC, a supplier of James Hardie siding, to do it for you.
Fiber cement siding requires a fresh coat of paint every five to fifteen years. However, this will depend on the type of fiber cement that you purchase. Whatever the case, be sure to use only high-quality exterior-grade acrylic paints to repaint your siding.
To install your new James Hardie fiber cement siding, turn to DryTech Roofing LLC. We are your number one provider of siding installation and residential roofing services. Give us a call at (240) 491-5600 or fill out our contact form to request an appointment. We serve homeowners in Maryland and other nearby areas.