Posted on: 10 June 2016Share
If you've been looking for a siding option that will last for many years and give your home a rich, warm look, you might want to think about wood siding. For homeowners who have never had wood siding, the idea can be daunting. However, when you know how to protect and care for it, you'll see that wood isn't any more complicated than other kinds of siding, and it is certainly attractive and unique.
Protecting Your Wood Siding
When you first have wood siding installed is the ideal time to treat it with a stain to protect it. If you don't stain or paint it, the wood is exposed to the elements, which can lead to moisture damage and decay.
If you choose paint, be aware that you'll likely have to reapply the paint every couple of years because weathering will cause it to chip. Stain is another option, and, since it penetrates the wood, it lasts much longer.
If you opt for paint, you can choose virtually any color. With stain, however, you'll be able to add some color to the wood, but you'll be limited to more natural hues. As an alternative, you can just use a clear stain or varnish to seal the wood without altering the color at all.
Cleaning Your Wood Siding
Wood siding is vulnerable to dirt and stains like many other siding materials. Clean surface dirt and issues by washing the siding with warm water mixed with a gentle detergent. Use soft-bristled brushes to scrub away any surface dirt. Address small sections and work gradually so you can be attentive to each space and get it as clean as possible.
If things are absorbed into the wood, they can leave lasting stains that require more attention. Black spots on the wood surface often indicate the presence of mildew. You can treat that with a mixture of bleach and water. Just make sure you rinse it away after. Rust stains around nails can be cleaned with a little bit of commercial rust remover.
Restoring Your Wood Siding
Wood siding can discolor over time. If you start to notice problems like this, you'll want to make an effort to restore the wood's natural beauty. A power sander or sand blaster will remove the surface layer of discolored wood and finish, exposing fresh wood underneath. Once you do this, treat the wood surface with whatever finish you opted for originally or choose a new sealant or stain to protect it.
Contact a siding contractor if you'd like to install wood or another type of siding in your home.