10 Ways to Keep Mold Off Siding in Wisconsin

Worried about keeping mold off of your precious siding in Wisconsin? Don’t worry—with these tips your siding should be mold-free for years to come.

  1. Let the Sun Shine In
    If you want to deter mold growth on siding in Wisconsin, you will need to keep your home bathed in as much direct sunlight as you can find. Because mold grows in damp, dark places, keeping your home’s exterior bright can help deter mold from taking root. A great way to keep the sun shining on your home is to keep your trees and shrubs properly trimmed and tidy. Not only will this allow more direct sunlight to hit your home’s exterior, it will promote air circulation.
  2. Kill the Moss Monster
    Moss may look warm and inviting, but it also promotes the damp, dark environment that mold loves to grow in. To help keep mold in check, get rid of moss anywhere in or around your home or on your siding that you may find it.
  3. Schedule Cleanings Regularly
    If discipline is the key to keeping your siding mold-free, regular, scheduled cleanings are the tool that keep homeowners on task. All you’ll need are a garden hose and a soft-bristle brush, and cleanings need only be completed every three months or so.
  4. Get Rid of Climbing Vines
    Although vines may look lovely on siding, they (just like moss) promote a damp, dark environment in which mold thrives. As much as you’ll miss it, you’re better off protecting your siding from mold by cutting back vines and ivy.
  5. Keep Your Rain Gutters Serviced
    Water that spills over from a clogged gutter system can promote mold growth on siding (and it’s not good for your foundation either!). To help keep your home’s exterior dry, maintain your rain gutters with an annual cleaning schedule.
  6. Be Smart With Your Sprinklers
    Unless you’re cleaning them, there’s little reason to water your home’s exterior siding. So, when you use your sprinkler, take a look and make sure that you’re not hitting your home. Not only will this save you money on water costs, it will help reduce the amount of mold-growing moisture on your siding.
  7. Consider Using Mold-resistant Cleaners
    If you really want to protect your siding from mold, consider investing in a mold-resistant cleaning solution. Another side benefit is that these sorts of cleaner often reduce how often you need to clean to prevent mold.
  8. Don’t Wait
    If you see mold on your home’s siding, act fast. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to get your mold problem under control. A good first step if you see mold on your exterior siding is to use a solution of bleach and water. If you get it soon enough, you can often stop mold before it grows into a big problem.
  9. Get Your Ducts in Order
    A common place for siding to get moldy is around exterior ventilation ducts. The steam that pours out of these ducts can create just the right environment for mold growth. Be sure to check around venting areas frequently.
  10. Insulate Properly
    Keeping your home properly insulated can make a big difference in reducing the risk of mold on the exterior or your home. Just like mold will grow around warm, cozy vents, it will grow on warm, cozy siding that is leaking its home’s inner warmth.

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What to Expect from New Replacement Vinyl Siding

milwaukee sidingWhat to Look for in New Replacement Vinyl Siding

Depending on the size of your home, getting replacement vinyl siding can be a sizable investment. While it invariably pays for itself in increased home value and a dramatic improvement in curb appeal, when you’re shopping for new siding, it’s always important to carefully consider your options.

Here’s what to look for in replacement vinyl siding:

Thickness

How thick the siding is directly impacts how resistant it will be to damage (whether it’s from the elements or man-made disasters). Whatever siding you choose should be at least .040 inches thick (with somewhere in the range of .042 to .046 inches thick being ideal). The industry standard for minimum thickness is .035 inches, so, if you’re considering siding that thin, remember that that is as thin as it gets, so it probably won’t last nearly as long as thicker siding will.

Materials

Siding manufacturers use different materials depending on what “grade” of the siding they’re making. For instance, high-quality siding typically contains titanium dioxide because it protects the vinyl from UV/sun-induced fading. Titanium dioxide in siding also helps siding retain its original color (which, since the entire panel contains the color, cannot flake off).

Energy Efficiency

If you’re hoping to make your home more energy efficient by having your siding replaced, you will want to make sure that you choose a type of siding that has insulation behind it. Siding that includes insulation has foam insulation packed behind the boards, improve energy efficiency, impact resistance, and noise insulation.

A Good Warranty

Depending on the type of siding you get, your siding warranty could last 20 years, 30 years, 50 years or more. Some manufacturers even offer lifetime warranties that are transferrable to the next homeowner. Warranties can include labor, installation and work materials, so you’ll want to try and find a warranty that covers all three. And, any warranty that only offers a short period of protection or doesn’t include coverage for faulty installation should be reconsidered.

A Qualified Siding Contractor

The last thing you want to do is trust an amateur with protecting the entire exterior of your home. Before you choose price over quality, make sure that you find a siding contractor who can offer you both — the quality you deserve at a price that you can manage. Also, be sure that the siding company you work with uses a watertight housewrap to protect your home, has experience installing flashing, and uses expansion gaps. Professional siders use all of these to help protect your home from water and moisture damage.

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The Benefits of Replacement Windows

windowInvesting in replacement windows isn’t just about improving the look of your home exterior. In fact, new windows provide many more benefits than just that.

Energy Efficiency

According to the EPA (The United States Environmental Protection Agency), the average home can save anywhere from $126 – $465 per year by replacing their inefficient single-pane windows with ENERGY STAR-certified windows. Typically these savings are gained by installing double-pane windows with low-e glass.

If you’re unfamiliar with the term low-e, this should help: Low-e stands for low-emissivity, and low-e windows are windows where the panes have been coated with a thin coating of material that makes them more energy efficient. Windows with low-e coating reflect more heat away from the surface of the glass, making them more efficient at keeping heat inside in the winter and cool air inside in the summer.

Cost-effectiveness and Safety

When it comes to energy efficient windows, multi-pane windows with low-e coating are the cream of the crop. In fact, they are the most cost-effective way to increase the efficiency of your windows. And that’s not all, they can also help reduce the amount of dangerous UV radiation that enters your home, protecting people and your furnishings.

Property Values

Studies have shown that the two most important factors that shoppers consider when they’re looking at homes are energy efficiency and exterior maintenance. New homeowners simply don’t want to buy a home that needs a lot of exterior maintenance, which old windows do. Replacement windows are low-maintenance and energy efficient, which gives them added curb appeal and value with most shoppers, even more than things like location and proximity to schools and parks.

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Include Replacement Siding in Your Spring Cleanup Plans

jbs-home-sidingWith spring rains comes the potential of leaks and damage. If your home’s exterior has seen better days, now may be the time to consider including replacement siding in your spring cleanup plans.

Siding’s importance in protecting your home from weather and the elements can’t be overstated. It’s like an envelope (literally), that wraps around your home and protects it. Plus, it provides extra insulation and a fast, economical way to dramatically improve your home’s exterior appearance. In fact, depending on the size of your house and your home’s architecture, it’s possible to have replacement siding put on your entire house in just a day. One day!

One of the many reasons that siding is so popular with homeowners is that it comes in so many different choices. In fact, homeowners considering new siding can choose:

  • Engineered wood (in planks or shingles). Wood siding may look great when it’s new but it requires regular maintenance (like painting) and is susceptible to insect damage and rot.
  • Stone (genuine or engineered). Provides great protection but often costs more than most homeowners are prepared to spend.
  • Brick. Like stone, a popular but expensive choice.
  • Metal (aluminum). Metal siding unfortunately rarely provides adequate insulation and can often show signs of being dented or scratched.
  • Vinyl. The most popular replacement siding choice with homeowners, vinyl siding is usually seen as offering the best value.
  • Fiber cement. This siding is ultra durable, and resists damage even more than vinyl.

There are many reasons homeowners choose vinyl siding. Not only is it virtually maintenance-free (no more worries about peeling paint or wood rot!), it doesn’t warp the way some other types of siding can. In fact, the only maintenance that vinyl siding needs is an occasional wipe down or gentle power washing with a hose.

If your siding is more than 10 years old, you may want to consider having a professional siding contractor come out to inspect it. Advancements in manufacturing and technology have meant significant improvements in siding, with today’s siding being more impact resistant and providing even better insulation than older types. Some types of siding even offer better sound insulation too.

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