The ability to differentiate between home repairs and improvements that you can make yourself and those that will require the help of a contractor is a very important skill to have. Not only will this skill prevent you from spending more money than you need to on professional services, but it will also help you to avoid costly mistakes by attempting DIY projects that are out of your league. It is my hope that this information contained in this blog will help you to obtain this skill. More importantly, it is my hope that once you have identified a project you wish to take on, this information in this blog will help you to get the job done.
One of the challenges of being a homeowner is that you have to take care of all aspects of your home, including your siding. Summer is a great time to perform annual maintenance and take care of your siding. Here are two things you should do to take care of your siding this summer.
#1 Trim Back Bushes & Trees
The first thing that you should do is inspect how close all your bushes, trees, and shrubs are to the siding on your home. Ideally, you want to have around a foot of space between these items and your siding. This allows your plants to have room to grow and move without coming into contact with the building.
You don't actually want your vegetation and greenery to touch your house. When it gets windy outside, and your plants start moving around, their limbs rub up against the siding on your home. This can result in your siding getting scratched and torn up long before it needs to.
You can prevent this unnecessary wear to your siding by simply trimming back all of your bushes and trees and making sure that they don't come in contact with your house this summer.
#2 Clean Your Siding
Over the course of the year, dirt and debris can coat your siding. This can be a very subtle process; the paint on your siding will lose its luster, but the process will be gradual—you may barely notice until you touch your siding and discover that it is dirty.
In order to keep your siding in the best shape possible, it is a great idea to wash it once a year. The most efficient way to wash your siding is with a pressure washer. If you do not own one, you can rent one from your local all-purpose rental shop for this job.
You will want to use a nozzle that spreads the water out across a wide angle; you don't need a direct stream of water to wash your siding. You should first apply an environmentally friendly soap solution to your siding and then wash it away with just water.
When you apply the soap solution and wash it off later, you'll want to work in a systematic manner. You'll want to work in small, manageable sections and wash starting at the top and working your way down to the bottom of your house. This will ensure that the dirt is washed away.
As you wash your siding, avoid hitting your windows with spray from the pressure washer. If the spray is too intense, it could damage your windows, so it is best to avoid using your pressure washer on your windows as well.
For more information, contact professionals like Side-Pro, Inc.