Maintaining CraneBoard Solid Core Siding
As a homeowner, one of the most significant investments you will make is the exterior of your home. The siding of your home is essential not only for its aesthetic appeal but also for protecting it from weather conditions. As a result, choosing siding that is durable, long-lasting, and requires minimal maintenance is essential. CraneBoard® Solid Core Siding® is a popular choice that is engineered to replicate the natural beauty of wood while providing impressive durability and strength. This blog post will discuss properly maintaining and caring for CraneBoard® Solid Core Siding®.
Understanding CraneBoard® Solid Core Siding®: What Makes It Different from Other Siding Materials?
CraneBoard® Solid Core Siding® is a composite siding made of recycled materials and wood fibers. Unlike traditional wood siding, it does not require painting or staining. Additionally, it is resistant to weather conditions like moisture and UV rays, which means it won’t crack or fade over time. This siding has a solid core that provides additional insulation, reducing air leaks and consequently lowering energy bills. One of the unique features of CraneBoard® Solid Core Siding® is its ability to mimic the look of natural wood without all of the traditional maintenance. The texture and grain of the siding give it a warm and natural appearance, making it an excellent choice for homeowners looking for a classic look. Furthermore, the siding comes in a wide range of colors and finishes, making it easy to match any design aesthetic.
Essential Steps to Keep Your CraneBoard® Solid Core Siding® in Top Condition
While CraneBoard® Solid Core Siding® requires minimal maintenance, regular inspections, and cleaning can help keep it looking its best and prolong its lifespan. Here are five essential maintenance steps that you should follow to ensure that your siding stays in top condition:
- Inspect Your Siding Regularly
Regular inspections are essential in identifying any damage or issues that need to be addressed promptly. Inspect your siding at least twice a year, preferably in the spring and fall. Check for any cracks, dents, or other damage that may occur from impacts, hail, or tree branches. Look for loose or damaged panels, and have repairs made as soon as possible.
- Clean Your Siding Regularly
Regular cleaning helps prevent dirt and grime from accumulating on your siding, which can not only discolor the siding but also attract mold and mildew. Use a soft-bristled brush, mild soap, and warm water to clean your siding. Avoid using harsh chemicals, high-pressure washers, or abrasive tools, as they can damage the siding’s surface. Rinse the soap thoroughly using a garden hose or a bucket of clean water.
- Trim Trees and Bushes Around Your Home
Trees and bushes that grow too close to your home can cause damage to your siding. As a result, it’s essential to keep them trimmed back and away from your home’s exterior. Regularly inspect any large branches or limbs that may be touching or even scraping against your siding. Doing so will prevent any damage from occurring and limit the amount of debris that accumulates on your siding.
- Address Any Repairs Promptly
If you identify any damage or issues with your siding, address them promptly. Ignoring any problems can lead to more significant issues and potentially costly repairs. Have a professional inspect and repair any damage, as they can determine the best course of action to address the issue.
- Avoid Placing Heat Sources Near Your Siding
Heat sources, including grills, fire pits, and outdoor heaters, can cause damage to your siding if placed too close. Keep a safe distance from your siding when using heat sources to prevent melting and warping. Furthermore, chimneys and dryer vents should vent away from the siding to prevent heat from building up and causing damage.
Tips for Cleaning and Protecting Your CraneBoard® Solid Core Siding® Against Different Weather Conditions
Cleaning and protecting your CraneBoard® Solid Core Siding® against different weather conditions is essential in keeping it looking new for years. Follow these tips to clean and protect your siding:
- Cleaning Your Siding After a Storm
If your home experiences heavy rain or wind, inspect your siding for any damage or debris that may have accumulated. Clean debris away from your siding using a soft-bristled brush or a power washer on a low setting. Be sure to avoid using high-pressure settings, as they can damage the siding’s surface.
- Cleaning Your Siding After Snowfall
If your home experiences heavy snowfall, be careful when using tools like shovels or snow-blowers, as they can damage your siding. If your siding gets dirty or discolored from the snow, use mild soap and warm water to clean it when the temperature warms up. Be sure to rinse thoroughly to avoid leaving any residue behind.
- Cleaning Your Siding During Summer Months
In the summer, your siding may attract dirt and pollen, which can discolor the siding. Therefore, cleaning your siding using a soft-bristled brush, mild soap, and warm water to remove buildup, will keep it pristine. Be sure to rinse thoroughly to avoid leaving any residue behind.
- Protecting Your Siding During the Winter Months
In winter, your siding may be exposed to harsh weather conditions, including wind, snow, and ice. Therefore, it is vital to ensure that your gutters are clean and free-flowing before winter weather arrives to prevent any ice dams which can damage your siding. After a winter storm, inspect siding for any signs of damage and call your siding installation contractor if you note any problems that need to be taken care of.
CraneBoard® Solid Core Siding® is an excellent investment for any homeowner looking for a durable, low-maintenance siding solution. By following the easy maintenance steps and cleaning your siding periodically, you can keep it looking new for years. Be sure to inspect your siding regularly, address any repairs promptly, and avoid placing any heat sources too close to your siding.
Choose an Experienced Siding Contractor
Banner Construction is proud of our outstanding reputation for customer service and excellent workmanship. We have received the Guidemaster Award for Excellence several years in a row. This award is for reliable service and on-time and on-budget performance. We are proud to be a James Hardie Elite Preferred Contractor. This distinction is awarded to contractors with specialized training and a proven track record of high-quality workmanship. Our team of professionals also installs premium CraneBoard® Solid Core Siding®. Hiring us to install your new or replacement siding will ensure that it will last many years, and the warranty will be in effect if you ever need to use it.
Call The Siding Professionals at Banner Construction
Banner Construction has served clients in St. Louis and the surrounding metro area for 30 years, and we look forward to working with you! Contact Banner Construction today to discuss how we can transform your home with beautiful new siding! Contact us online or call 314-356-9861 to schedule a FREE consultation!