When you first start replacing your home’s exterior, you’ll be faced with ample choices when it comes to:
- Stylish details
- Levels of protection
Ways to Maintain Vinyl Siding
Vinyl siding can offer a world of benefits for homeowners. Cost-effective and durable vinyl siding can provide a solid layer of protection for your home.
But just like all types of siding, vinyl siding requires a little bit of attention and care in the years to come. Consider these steps that will help you ensure your vinyl siding stays attractive.
First, Start with High-Quality Vinyl Siding
Not all vinyl siding is created equal. And since its introduction in the 1950s, vinyl siding has improved over the decades to be more solid and customizable.
It comes in a wide array of thickness, styles, and intricate details – like trim, soffits, corners, and vents. But regardless of which style, color, or overall layout you choose, the best first step is to partner with a vinyl siding provider that offers the best quality materials.
Amazing Exteriors offers a myriad of vinyl siding options. We are experts at helping you identify the best siding that works for your home.
Next, Work with a Pro
Applying vinyl siding can be a delicate project that requires ample attention to detail. If you make a misstep during installation, you can end up with cracks or gaps that allow water and moisture to trickle into the home, leading to mold and other costly interior repairs.
That’s why it’s essential to trust a professional to conduct the installation. A professional knows the proper application for the siding that you choose and can ensure that the result is seamless, durable, and beautiful.
Cleaning and Maintenance
One of the best attributes of vinyl siding is it requires little maintenance to stand up to the elements. This is true, especially with newer varieties that are more durable and long-lasting than ever before.
Even so, a little cleaning may be to remove dust, pollen, mold, and other materials that may accumulate over time – especially for older siding and homes.
Use a soft-bristled brush and a gentle cleaning solution, or utilize a pressure washer to cover more area in less time – be sure it’s on the lowest setting possible to avoid water getting into any cracks or slits between sliding panels.
Above All Else, Pay Attention to Signs of Deterioration
Siding that has cracks, gaps, or other inconsistencies may allow water to trickle into the home. This can cause a myriad of damage to your home’s interior.
So keep an eye on your siding, and don’t wait if a replacement is needed. With solidly-built siding, you can provide ample protection for your residence inside and out, while making your home an enticing place to be.
But What About Color?
One of the choices that cause homeowners some of the most confusion and consideration is their color palette, as there are truly endless options to choose from!
From your siding to your front entry doors trim, your color palette decision is an important one. It’s something you’ll need to live with for decades to come.
So how do you go about narrowing down your hundreds of color options into a selection of hues that are right for you?
Start with these tips that will help you determine your color palette with confidence.
Look at the Factors That Are Hard to Change
Some parts of your property are stationary and hard to replace, such as your:
- Driveway or walkway
- Roof shingles or tiles
- Other elements that aren’t part of your upcoming exterior replacement
Use these elements as a guide, and look for undertones or common hues to help determine colors that will complement your existing property features.
Consider Your Era and Architecture
There’s a big difference between a one-story ranch home and a turn-of-the-century Victoria estate. All properties and eras have their unique styles that often partner well with certain color schemes.
Look at historically accurate colors if you have an older residence, or look at similar designs and styles of properties to guide you in the right direction when it comes to color choices.
Take a Walk Around the Block
You want your home to stand out. But when it comes to color, it’s important to fit in with the neighborhood! A bright orange home in a collection of neutral homes can be jarring, so look at other properties for inspiration.
Some neighborhoods may also have subdivision guidelines or covenants that dictate preferred colors, so use that as a resource if applicable.
Pick a Few Shades
Chances are your home won’t be all one color – it will be a mixture of trim, architectural details, and other decorative elements that mix a few different colors into one beautiful color scheme.
And an excellent way to ensure the colors you pick work well together is to choose a favorite, and then start adjusting the shades.
For example, three different shades of blue, green, or even pink can look lovely on a home with a bit of white trim, and can also look consistent and mesh well together. So if you’re not sure what colors to combine, stick with a favorite hue, and go brighter or darker from there.
Ask for Help!
At Amazing Exteriors, we’ve helped countless clients find the options that are perfect for them!
Don’t be afraid to ask for help in determining just the right color scheme for your upcoming project. You want to ensure you have a finished home you can be proud of for years to come.
We can also help maintain your exterior. We would love to partner with you for all your home improvement projects.