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One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!

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4 Maintenance And Repair Tips To Extend The Life Of Any Siding Materials Outside Of Your Home

by Mike Brewer

There are many different choices for the siding materials that you have installed outside of your home. These materials have various vulnerabilities that can shorten the life of exterior finishes if you do not know how to take care of them. There is some maintenance and occasional repairs that need to be done to extend the life of siding materials. Here are some maintenance and repair tips that will help extend the life of any siding materials you have installed on the exterior of your home.

1. Installing Backing and Protecting Vinyl Siding Materials From Common Damage 

There are some siding materials that are vulnerable to having weak backings, such as vinyl siding materials. Make sure that you use a rigid backing board is installing materials like vinyl or fiber cement siding products. In addition, you may want to talk with a siding service about using materials that have built-in foam backing if you are planning on installing vinyl siding materials.

2. Sealing and Protecting Your Siding Installation From Leaks and Water Damage

Sealing and protecting siding materials and the structure of your home from leaks is important. This is something that should include the use of drip edges above windows, rubber membrane sealants, and routine caulking of cracks and around openings. The caulking should be done every few years whenever you do routine painting maintenance around your home.

3. Painting and Finishes That Need Maintenance to Prevent Wear and Deterioration

There are many different types of siding that have paint or baked on finishes. These materials are more vulnerable to damage if they get scratches and chips. Routinely inspect the finish of siding materials for signs of damage that needs to be repaired. You will want to touch up the finish damage between paintings, as well as give siding materials a fresh coat of paint every few years.

4. Preventing Splash Up of Dirt and Doing Occasional Repairs to Damaged Siding

One of the areas of siding that is most vulnerable to damage is the lower runs. This damage is often due to problems like splash up from dirt. Reduce wear and damage in these areas by installing ground coverings around your home's foundation to keep siding clean. In addition, some of these areas will eventually need repairs, and timely replacement of damaged pieces of siding will help prevent damage from spreading to other areas.

These are some maintenance and repair tips that will help extend the life of any siding materials you have installed on the exterior of your home. If you need help with repairs, maintenance, or installation of exterior finishes, contact a professional siding company like Weather-Tek Home Remodeling Center to ensure you have a finish that lasts for years. 

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