Save Big this Fall & Winter With Our Limited Time Offers!

5 FAQ’s about Vinyl Siding Maintenance

Vinyl siding is available in a wide range of colors, profiles and architectural trims and is the number one choice of homeowners across America wishing to clad the exterior of their homes.

The exterior cladding of a home is expected to perform two main functions– protection from the elements and to look aesthetically pleasing. Vinyl siding is capable of sustaining its looks for many years while remaining durable. However, homeowners can increase the life cycle of their siding by knowing the answers to several simple cleaning and maintenance questions.

How do I wash my vinyl siding?

Wash vinyl siding with a soft cloth or ordinary long-handled, soft bristle brush. For textured surfaces, use only a soft bristle brush to keep the grooves in the texture stain-free. For best results, start at the bottom of the house and work up and rinse the cleaning solution completely before it dries. If your house has brick facing, cover the brick so that it is not affected by the runoff. Note: Don’t use paint thinner, nail polish remover, spot removers, paint remover, straight chlorine bleach or furniture cleaner on vinyl. These types of cleaners can damage the surface of the vinyl siding.

Can I use a power washer?

Yes, using a power washer can shave time off the cleaning process. Though, you should read the washer instructions carefully before use. When cleaning, hold the power washer straight at eye level to keep the water on top of teh siding where it can clean most effectively. Be careful not to aim the power washer upward as water may be driven behind the siding. You should also follow the specific siding manufacturer’s recommendations. Some manufacturers don’t want pressure washers used on their products at all. Some manufactures allow them, but suggest limitations on the amount of pressure and the cleaners that can be used. Either way, use caution if you plan on utilizing a power washer for your vinyl siding cleaning needs.

How does heat affect my vinyl siding?

Vinyl siding is made from organic materials and can melt when exposed to a significant heat source. Vinyl is a combustible material, but will not readily ignite unless exposed to flames from an existing fire. Home and building owners with all types of siding should always take precautions to keep heat sources such as barbeque grills, and readily ignitable materials such as dry leaves, mulch, and trash away from the structure.

Heat from reflected sunlight can affect vinyl siding. Abnormally concentrated sunlight reflected onto vinyl siding by windows can result in surface temperatures far exceeding those caused by direct exposure to the sun. Temperatures necessary to cause significant distortion of vinyl siding are not routinely achieved, even when vinyl siding is exposed to both direct sunlight and the reflection from normal, flat window glass. In some conditions, the glass in energy efficient windows can become concave, forming a mirror that concentrates sunlight in a small area Temperatures in this area can be greater than many building materials, including vinyl siding, are designed to withstand. The best way to avoid or reduce this problem is to implement anything that blocks the path of sunlight either to the window or between the window and siding.

What causes vinyl siding to fade and oxidize?

The primary causes of vinyl siding surface deterioration are UV radiation, acid rain, improper cleaning chemicals and cleaning techniques (high pressure over 500 psi). When vinyl siding fades and oxidizes, the surface is then subject to becoming brittle. The oxidation creates a rough surface that absorbs moisture, which makes it a perfect breeding ground for the growth of mold, mildew and fungus.  You can slow down the deterioration of your vinyl siding through proper preventive maintenance. Vinyl siding manufacturers recommend regular scheduled cleaning of your vinyl siding using low pressure with non-caustic or acidic cleaners and then applying a protective sealer.

How can I protect my vinyl siding from discoloration?

Cover vinyl siding when using stains, sealants, and wet concrete as part of other home renovation projects. Certain insecticides or herbicides can potentially stain vinyl siding. Consult the product labels and/or the insecticide or herbicide manufacturer before applying.

As you can tell, vinyl siding is a low maintenance addition to any home. We recommend consulting with your home contractor if you have any questions about maintaining the integrity of your vinyl siding. Download our free ultimate guide to vinyl siding to learn more about vinyl siding for your home.

Tags: , ,

Contact Us
Request service or ask us your questions!
  • Solicitation Will Not Be Accepted

- Polite and Hardworking …

"The work was done in a very timely manner.  The workers were polite and hardworking.  The look of the house, improved greatly.  Thank you again for your help in this…”

- They finished in a timely manner at a reasonable price.

"We had our bathroom remodeled by the Fiderio team. We gave them the big task of creating a master bathroom from a closet. They delivered beyond our expectations and went…”

- I recommend Fiderio & Sons without hesitation.

"Fiderio & Son did a fantastic job on my mom's kitchen remodel. From my mom and Jonathan's first meeting, Jonathan was very responsive, answered all questions, and provided detailed remodeling…”

- Workmen were courteous, skilled, neat and knowledgeable!

"I am so pleased that I chose Fiderio for my painting, carpentry and new bathroom projects!  I had dealt with them before, so was confident that when they said they…”

- They do fantasic work!

"We have used Fiderio a number of time and they are always excellent. They do fantastic work and have courteous and responsive customer service! ~ Maureen”

- I knew I was in good hands.

"Fiderio and sons has exceeded our expectations once again. I especially love that they are a family owned business. I had used them several years ago for my siding and…”

- Professionalism, Punctuality, QualityWork, Responsiveness, & Value

"I recently used Fiderio & Sons to repair and replace a water damaged window as well as construct a sunroom. The finished product far exceeded my expectations. Each individual I…”

- Project was fast and efficient.

"We just bought a old house from the 1930s that had a roof and chimney that were well past their prime. Fiderio's replaced the roof and updated our chimney. We…”

- Professional & Courteous

"We did both a bathroom and had our hose sided at the same time as well as a new concrete staircase and patio done. Dave our salesman went above and…”

- Very Pleased With Our Replacement Windows

"- Fiderio was amazing. I had some seriously old windows that were a total wreck. He was incredibly nice, efficient, and understanding. There was a window pane with a sticker…”

- 5 Star Performance & Workmanship

"Can’t say enough about our experience with Fiderio & Sons. From start to finish it was a great experience. They responded quickly to our initial service inquiry. The salesperson –…”

- Quality Standards & Clear Expectations!

"They are committed to quality and customer satisfaction. They stand behind their work and great people to work with!”

- The Fiderio team was patient & worked with us to get everything perfect!

"For over 4 years we had wanted to change our damaged/ugly aluminum siding to vinyl and make the house pop more and look better while enjoying time outside during the…”

- I Highly Recommend Fiderio

"We have used Fiderio’s for multiple renovations. We began several years ago with a roof replacement. Was so satisfied I’ve used them for various projects since. Needless to say I…”

- Insurance Claim Made Easy

"They were wonderful to work with. And took the brunt of dealing with the insurance company.”

- Thrilled With The Quality Of Workmanship

"We are thrilled with our new kitchen hardwood floor installed by Fiderio and sons. As usual they took the time to do it right. Their employees are professional as well…”

- 5 Star Bathroom Remodel

"Fiderio’s just finished up on 2 full bathroom remodels for us. We would recommend them and we wouldn’t hesitate to use them again. We are very happy with our finished…”

- A Worry Free Experience.

"Working with Fiderio and Sons is always a worry free experience. Craftsmen are professional and easy to have in our home.”

More Testimonials
Contact Us or
Visit Our Showroom
(203) 237-0350 (203) 237-0350
Design Center & Showroom
687 Broad Street Meriden, CT 06450
Our Design Center & Showroom is open by appointment Monday through Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Evenings and weekend by appointment. Call today to schedule a visit!