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July 2014: Home Exteriors
Maintenance Matters

Maintenance Matters

Maintaining Vinyl Siding

You bought vinyl siding because it is low-maintenance, but that doesn’t mean it’s totally maintenance-free. Your vinyl siding needs a little TLC every year, and this is the time to do it.

First, use your garden hose to thoroughly spray your siding to clean off dirt and grime. If you don’t do this annually, the grime will eventually build up and become impossible to remove without scrubbing.

Second, inspect the siding for any signs of possible leaking, as vinyl siding may conceal hidden leaks. Look for stains on the siding or on the foundation below, which can clue you in to leaks behind the siding.

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Did You Know?

Composite Siding: Class-Action Suit Against HardiePlank Siding

HardiePlank siding is a cementious-based lapped clapboard siding system that for years has been one of the affordable leading siding systems. When installed correctly, HardiePlank offered years of low maintenance for home owners.

However, a few years ago, James Hardie decided to reduce the amount of cement in the manufacturing process to reduce the cost of shipping to the company’s distributors. The results left the product with problems of warping, cracking and flaking. For more information, visit ClassAction.org.

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