Side by Siding Caring for Your Building's Exterior

 After years of wear and tear from the elements—or just the impact of a single catastrophic event like Superstorm Sandy this  past fall—the siding on the exterior of a condo, co-op or townhome can start to look a bit  under the weather.  

 Wind, rain, fluctuating temperatures, direct sunlight, salt water, improper  maintenance or even poor installation all can contribute to the deterioration  of siding. While construction technology has come a long way since the days of  plain wooden planks covering homes, prudent board members and other residents  will think about the overall care of siding, as well as the proper installation  and life expectancies of the varying types available. Having a board with  little bit of knowledge in this area can lead to large cash savings in the long  run for a building or HOA community. And the savings in lack of hassles,  project errors or unnecessary delays on a siding or decking job gone awry can  be of inestimable value as well.  

 Choosing Siding

 When choosing a siding type, a material that may look nice at first glance could  actually be a poor match for your building, depending on the weather conditions  in your area and other factors. By doing some homework ahead of time, a savvy  board can have a good idea of what they're looking for and what their building  community needs; they also understand the performance expectations of different  products and can choose the best type of material for their building or  buildings.  

 The differences between wood, vinyl, and other composite siding materials are  pretty distinct.  

 Vinyl siding is the least labor-intensive option, requiring minimal maintenance—often just an annual power washing. It is billed as the longest lasting of all  types of siding, with some manufacturers giving a 50-year warranty on the  product. Practically speaking, vinyl siding should have a usable life of about  30 years or so, according to most contractors.  


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  • I am a representative of Trex and would like to conmemt: Trex does not recommend the use of a power washer and will not warranty claims on products that are damaged while using a power-washer. Every effort should be made to follow the Trex Care and Cleaning guide to remove any staining prior to using a pressure -washer. Should you choose to use a pressure-washer, here are guidelines to follow. o A pressure-washer with 1500 psi or less must be used o A fan spray pattern to protect the Trex surface. o The Tip should remain 12 or farther from the decking surface.Pat MTrex Company