Replacing your siding is one of the most effective ways to give the exterior of your home a complete makeover. It also serves as an added layer of protection from the harshness of the elements. Whether you want to give your facade a facelift or find that it’s time to retire your aging siding to better insulate your home, it is very important that you understand what goes into the actual replacement so that you are able to get an accurate estimate. With that in mind, here are a few tips from the siding and gutter installation specialists over at Pechacek’s General Contracting.
Your vinyl siding is like the armor of your house that keeps it protected from the elements. Needless to say, keeping it in good shape is truly very important. While vinyl siding is touted to be low-maintenance, that doesn’t mean that you should ignore its upkeep completely. With that said, here are three tips from a trusted roof repair expert to keep your vinyl siding looking and performing great year-round.
1. Give It a Good Cleaning
This may seem pretty obvious but you would be surprised at how many homeowners fail to give their vinyl siding a good cleaning every once in a while. When cleaning your siding, avoid using cleaners with harsh chemicals that can end up doing more harm than good. Instead, use a mixture of 70 percent water and 30 percent white vinegar and your good old garden hose.
2. Trim Your Trees Regularly
The greenery around your house can increase your property’s value, no doubt. However, if you allow trees and shrubs to grow too close to your roof and siding you may end up regretting it. Trimming overhanging branches will prevent them from scratching up or even puncturing your siding when the wind blows.
3. Prevent Heat Damage
Another common way that vinyl siding gets damaged is through exposure to excess heat. Vinyl is especially susceptible to heat damage so be sure to keep heat sources such as your barbecue grill away from the side of your house.
Looking for a trusted siding and roofing contractor in your area? Then look no further than Pechacek’s General Contracting. For all your home exterior needs, be sure to give us a call at (715) 425-9801 to schedule a free consultation. Alternatively, you can fill out our contact form to request a quote today. We happily serve residents in Hudson and River Falls, WI, as well as its nearby communities.
If you’re looking to have a siding replacement project soon, then you’ll need to consider having a new house wrap as well. A house wrap refers to a moisture and air barrier that helps improve your home’s safety and energy efficiency by supplementing its insulation. In today’s blog, the area’s top siding and roof repair contractor, Pechacek’s General Contracting, shares if house wrap is necessary.
What Is a House Wrap?
A house wrap is a barrier that protects your home from wind and moisture. It’s mostly made of permeable materials that allows water vapor to pass through, while preventing water droplets from getting through too. This, in turn, makes it easier for house wraps to dry quickly and prevent mold growth.
If your main goal in getting house wraps is to protect your home against wind damage, then the house wrap should seal gaps and leaks in the plywood or oriental standard board panels. This will prevent siding drafts that will harm your home’s insulation and energy efficiency. It will make your home much more comfortable and energy efficient in the long run.
Is a House Wrap Necessary?
To find out if a house wrap is necessary for your home, you’ll have to check your local building codes first. Consider consulting local home improvement contractors to find out the perfect house wrap for your home’s style. Generally speaking, house wraps are especially helpful for homes with wood, vinyl or aluminum siding. Wood siding features multiple seams with overlapping boards, making it vulnerable to moisture damage. On the other hand, vinyl and aluminum siding can also be affected by moisture due to the gaps where the panels are joined.
Pechacek’s General Contracting specializes in roofing and siding. We’re a locally owned business that prioritizes good workmanship and customer service. Call us at (715)-425-9801 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve customers the western Wisconsin region.
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