Diving into some great advice and siding maintenance tips to help you save on costly replacements. The best help to keep your tiny house looking the best it can be.
Are you wondering what you can do to improve your tiny house's siding?
Siding is one of the most important elements of your home. Therefore, it's essential to keep up with its maintenance.
Luckily, siding doesn't require a lot of maintenance, as it's designed to withstand the elements. So, what do you need to do to maintain your siding?
Check out this guide to discover the top siding maintenance tips every homeowner, tiny home or otherwise, needs to know.
Vinyl Siding Maintenance
When it comes to maintaining your siding, you need to consider the material at hand.
The great thing about vinyl siding is that it's virtually maintenance-free. However, you do want to make sure your vinyl siding doesn't get too dirty.
If dirt sits on your vinyl siding for too long, then there's a chance that it can set in and become very difficult to remove. For this reason, we suggest power washing your vinyl siding once per year with a gentle solution.
We also suggest running over the vinyl siding with a broom to remove any insects or spider webs the power washer misses. Also, if a piece of vinyl siding becomes loose, be sure to replace it promptly.
If you're not comfortable doing this on your own, you should get ahold of a siding repair company.
Wood Siding Maintenance
While wood is a beautiful material, it does require the most maintenance out of all of the siding materials.
Because wood is delicate, you should use a hose pipe instead of a power washer to clean your wood siding. Make sure not to use too much water pressure, as this can cause the paint to chip off.
It's also a good idea to paint your wood siding twice per year to make it last longer.
How We Gently Powerwash Our Tiny Home Cedar Siding:
To help protect our tiny house cedar siding, we pressure wash it once per year and then reseal it.
Resealing is key. We use a clear coat sealant for wood.
Important power washing tip: never stand too close to the structure while you spray, especially if it's painted.
A safe distance will vary depending on the siding type and oomph of your pressure washer, power washer. Cautiously test it out before completely diving into your house wash.
Stucco Siding Maintenance
Like vinyl, stucco is another very low maintenance siding material.
An occasional power wash is typically all you need to maintain your stucco siding. However, stucco siding is prone to woodpecker damage.
If you don't want a family of birds living in your walls, you need to make sure you repair your siding promptly. Luckily, woodpeckers are easy to hear. So, once you start to notice damage, get on the repairs ASAP.
It's also important to keep in mind that stucco is very porous, and it can stain rather quickly from liquid substances like tree sap. Because of this, you should check the siding once per year and remove any stains you find.
Metal Siding Maintenance
Metal siding is another material that's virtually maintenance-free.
All you really need is a thorough cleaning from time to time to keep your metal siding in good shape. You can use a pressure sprayer or a hose to clean the siding, and if any additional cleaning is needed, you can use a simple solution of water and detergent.
Siding Maintenance Tips: Time to Take Care of Your Siding
Now that you've read these siding maintenance tips, it's time to put them into action.
Pretty soon, your siding will be in better shape than ever. Be sure to check back in with our blog for more tips and tricks on how to maintain your tiny home.
In our last move to a new parking spot, we stopped by the carwash to wash our tiny house!
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