Now that your wood siding is installed, you’re ready to ensure that your exterior siding remains in good condition for many years to come. The best approach to keeping your wood siding looking its best is to practice regular upkeep and maintenance.
As with all wood products, the biggest threat to wood siding is moisture, which can lead to rotting, insect infestation, mildew, mould, and peeling paint. Another factor to keep in mind is the sun, and how it will affect your exterior siding. Because the south and west sides of any home receive more sun, they will experience more wear and tear than the north and east sides. To minimize water and sun damage, choose ready-painted wood siding with hidden nails, b Siparila Topcoat, to provide protection against moisture and UV rays.
4 Ways To Keep Your Wood Siding Looking Its Best
It is recommended to inspect your exterior siding at least once a year. In addition to regular monitoring, use these tips to care for and protect your wood siding so it retains its beauty and finish.
1. Prevent potential damage.
Look for any exposed gaps where the plank has pulled away from adjacent surface. This is the primary way for moisture to infiltrate your wood siding and cause damage. Reapply exterior caulking that matches your siding colour to close the gaps. This should be done on a dry day when there is minimal moisture in the air.
Another way to prevent potential damage, is to ensure that bushes, tree branches, or shrubs don’t touch the exterior siding as they can be conducive to moisture finding its way into cracks and tiny openings.
2. Remove stains.
When it comes to discolouration of wood siding, dirt is the most common culprit. During your annual inspection, use warm, soapy water and a soft-bristled brush to scrub away any stained areas. Mildew or rust stains may require a stronger cleaning solution. In that case consult a wood siding expert to ask for their recommendations on how to remove stains.
3. Restore the colour.
Siding colours may lose their lustre with age, but they can be restored by applying a wood cleaner or brightener. While these products are usually used on wood decks, they work well on natural wood siding too.
4. Replace damaged wood siding panels.
In order to keep the outside of your home looking its best, you may want to replace any wood siding panels that show signs of damage. Occasionally, siding may crack from being accidentally hit or scraped. Wood is easy and quick to repair all year round. However, repairs to wood siding requires specific knowledge on how to remove the damaged siding while leaving surrounding siding intact. Unless you have the skills, hire a professional carpenter or siding contractor. However, when you choose Siparila Topcoat siding, you can rest easy knowing that it comes with a 70-year warranty against decay.
Ready-Painted Wood Siding Made To Last
Ensuring that your wood siding is durable and long lasting starts with choosing the right type of wood siding. Siparila Topcoat® wood siding and Siparila Topcoat® Evolute 8 ready-painted wood siding are high quality siding options that are not only durable, but beautiful too. Siparila’s passion for wood drives our desire to produce exceptional products, focus on sustainability, as well as showcase how to improve interior and exterior spaces using wood’s timeless aesthetics. Contact us for your new build, your renovation project, or your commercial needs. We look forward to being your genuine wood siding partner.