As a homeowner, you know how critical it is to inspect your home both inside and outside, especially the areas you may not look at everyday, such as siding. To prevent costly damage to siding, here are some tips for red cedar maintenance in Memphis, TN:
- Keep siding clean: It’s inevitable that exterior home siding will get dirty. Rainstorms kick up mud, and pollen and dust will settle onto your siding’s surface. To maintain cleanliness and avoid mold and mildew growth, clean siding once or twice a year with a pressure washer or scrub with a soft brush using soap and water or vinegar and water. Whichever method you choose, go slowly and gently so as to not damage the wood or paint.
- Inspect for cracks or other damage: Depending on paint color and texture, damage may be difficult to detect. Take a close look at cedar siding for damage due to age or the elements and ask someone for a second pair of eyes. To prevent further issues, cracks and other damage must be repaired quickly. Fill with a sealant for deeper cracks, while cracks and gouges that are on the shallower side may often be taken care of with paint.
- Avoid exposure to moisture: Exterior wood siding is exposed to all sorts of weather related attacks, like moisture and humidity. For siding, cedar maintenance in Memphis, TN begins with regular cleanings and checking for proper gutter function. When gutters are damaged, water can spill over and in between them and the house’s siding, trapping moisture.
- Stave off wild creatures: Whether you have a house in the city, the suburbs or a rural area, animals pose a threat to cedar siding. Birds in search or food tend to poke around wood panels and in between the siding and foundation, and four legged creatures mark their territory either by spraying a scent or urinating on an area. Gnawing is also an issue, especially on wood that is not painted. Keep creatures away by setting up motion sensor lights or hanging objects that can startle, such as wind chimes.
- Check for termites: In conjunction with birds always hanging out on your siding, keep an eye out for the presence of termites, as birds constantly succeeding in finding meals in your cedar can be an indication of insects. Inspect wood top to bottom for signs of termites, including droppings, parts of wings, dead termites or burrowed tunnels.
- Add stain, finish and paint: The purpose of staining and finishing wood surfaces is to preserve the look and integrity of the wood—doing this can help it last for years. If a stain is not applied to your home’s siding, then the wood is likely to split, crack, splinter, peel and discolor. A common reason for physical change is the sun beating down onto outside wood. The sun can be rough on wood surfaces, as well as your paint job, so plan on periodic re-staining or repainting of residential siding.
If quality wood siding is on your home remodeling list or you have questions about cedar maintenance in Memphis, TN, contact the team at Bolen-Brunson-Bell Lumber Co. today.