Contractors and homeowners agree that aluminum siding is an excellent alternative to vinyl siding.
Much like vinyl siding aluminum is easily installed, and virtually maintenance free.
Aluminum siding is also highly durable, able to withstand extreme weather conditions, fire, and impact.
Also, unlike other fire resistant materials of aluminum siding contains no asbestos, thus posing no health risks.
Although aluminum siding is highly durable it does have a tendency to fade and dent over time. This is the natural wear and tear of the siding, and nothing to be concerned about. However to avoid this and maintain a pleasant aesthetic proper maintenance is important when taking care of your aluminum siding.
One of the most easy and popular maintenance suggestions for faded aluminum siding is a fresh coat of paint. A new coat of paint can completely change the look of your home. You can hire a contractor who will ensure that the job is done professionally, quickly, and with no hassle to you.
Or you can easily repaint your home yourself! Just remember always follow your manufacturer suggestions when applying a fresh coat of paint.
Another way to tell that your aluminum siding needs a fresh coat of paint is if there is a fine powdery residue on the surface of the siding that you will be able to feel, more than see this residue.
When deciding to repaint many experts suggest that you first coat your aluminum siding with a thin layer of primer. This primer is specifically formulated to help paint stick to your siding and ensure a long lasting coat.
When taking steps to repaint your siding, it is best to purchase extra siding panels and repaint them as well. That way should an installed panel become damaged it will be possible to swap out the damaged panel for a new one while maintaining an exact color match.
Once you have freshly painted or installed new aluminum siding the best way to care for it is by regularly power washing it. When power washing your aluminum siding it is important not to set the power washer at too high a level or you risk denting and dinging the siding.
One way to test whether or not you have the washer said at the right level is to briefly spray a small portion of your house that is not visible to the street. That way should you accidentally damage your siding it will not ruin the entire front pf your home. After determining the proper pressure level you can then finish the rest of the house.