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How to Care for Your HardiePlank Fiber-Cement Siding

Mar 27, 2017

 

 

Caring for your HardiePlank siding is just one (albeit important) way to sustain the beauty and value of your home. The extent and nature of the maintenance your home’s exterior will need depends on where your home is located and the amount of exposure to the elements it endures. These cleaning tips are specific to HardiePlank siding but can also be applied to most homes:

Wash the outside of your siding every 6 to 12 months.

Do not use high pressure washers. Instead, use a garden hose or other low pressure water spray to remove dirt and debris. HardiePlank can be cleaned with water and a soft brush or rag. For more stubborn dirt and stains, you can use a mild detergent and a soft brush.

Reapply Caulking

When caulking cracks or peels, showing signs of wear, it is vital that you reapply it. This can help to prevent moisture from seeping into the wall cavity, which is a recipe for disaster. Focus on flashings, plank and trim connections, and, in some instances, between plank joints. When shopping, look for caulks and sealants that remain permanently flexible.

Keep an Eye on Your Yard

Care for your yard, and keep an eye on your plants. Keep vegetation, like shrubs, bushes, and trees, trimmed and away from your home. This will ensure that your plants do not damage the siding. It will also help to keep water away from the building when watering the plants. Talk with a professional to incorporate drainage slopes, and keep dirt and other materials away from the siding.

Maintain Your Gutters to Avoid Water Damage

In addition to everyday gutter maintenance, like cleaning and removing overflows and blockages, it is crucial that you direct water off and away from your house and its siding. Regardless of the weather in your area, you need to manage the water flow. If your home does not have gutters or downspouts, they should be installed now.

HardiPlank siding is a great choice for any house or building. Caring for it each year will keep it looking its best and protect your investment. Ready for your own siding update? Give us a call for a free quote today!

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