Protect Your Siding From Plant and Tree Damage
It’s important to maintain and upkeep your home year round. Conduct regular visual inspections. Check for any tangled trees, if trees and shrubs are too close to siding, damage is likely, be on the lookout for unkempt bushes which obscure the views, promote mold and block the beautiful exterior features of your home.
A well-maintained home and yard will create a positive first impression, establish a peaceful mood, and increase your property value. Here are some ways to keeping your home and landscaping attractive and healthy:
Clean the Exterior Siding of Your Home
Our Exteria Building siding requires little maintenance, but siding may become dirty and need to be cleaned at least every other year, preferably yearly, to remove dirt or mildew. Generally your Exteria siding can be cleaned satisfactorily with the use of an ordinary garden hose; do not power wash Exteria siding. If plain water or a light soapy solution does not remove the dirt, we suggest the following:
Gently wash siding with a soft bristle brush and water from a garden hose. Where dirt is more difficult to remove, the following cleaning solutions work well:
- 1/3 cup powdered detergent ( e.g. Tide® )
- 2/3 cup powdered household cleaner ( e.g. Spic and Span® or equivalent )
- 4 quarts of water
Prune and Trim
Keep grass, plants, trees, flowers, and your garden healthy and growing strong season after season. Pruning and trimming shrubbery improve the health and strength of trees and plants.
Most importantly, properly pruning your plants, especially trees ensures your home and property is safe. Pull away branches to look for scratches, dents, rot, and mold. If you find any damage, it’s time to trim back those trees and bushes. Crowding within lush greenery may prevent air circulation and evaporation, potentially leading to mold or rot. The siding of your home can be damaged from branches rubbing against it from harsh winds. Large dead branches can fall and tear away siding, vines and climbing plants should also be trimmed regularly. Depending on how closely they are located to your home’s siding, they can grow underneath the siding and pull it away from your home’s structure.
Look for Cracks or Possible Entry Points for Pests and Insects
Another benefit of pruning and trimming outdoor trees and shrubs is pests and insects are better managed. Trees and bushes can push into siding, opening cracks where insects can make their way into your home or invite other unwanted pests to nest inside of it.