As we are quickly approaching winter here in Calgary, siding repair is coming to a close. However, if you choose the day right, September is the perfect month to get the last of your outdoor chores squared away. One chore that you may have neglected through our wonderful summer (no shame) is cleaning your aluminum siding.

Aluminum siding is a popular choice for homeowners and builders alike, but it can get dirty over time, like all siding. Luckily, cleaning this area of your home is relatively easy when you follow the right steps. Continue on to learn a simple, 3-step method to cleaning your aluminum siding. 

3 Steps to Clean Siding

Step 1: The Rinse

The first step is rinsing. You can use your garden hose with a spray head attachment, or simply put your thumb over the end to create extra pressure. For proper rinsing, start at the top of your siding and work your way down. This way will help you ensure all the debris and detritus has the opportunity to reach the ground.

Step 2: The Scrub

The second step is scrubbing your siding. First, prepare a cleaning solution with your favourite all-purpose cleaner and hot water. A ratio of 5:1 for water should be acceptable, but any further dilution will only moderately increase the required elbow grease. Again, you want to move from top to bottom during the scrubbing phase. The first step of rinsing should make the caked-on dirt and grime easily removable at this point.

pressure washing the house side

Step 3: The Wash

Finally, all that is left to do is wash off the loosened dirt. As you wash the areas, make sure to look out for stubborn dirt spots or mildew areas. Occasionally, these deposits can build up if they are not regularly cleaned. Luckily, it is easy to remove even the most stuck-on messes.

If you have an issue with these remaining areas of unsightliness, first try using a pressure washer. They are easy to find for rent and can lend a big hand for exterior cleaning activities. Otherwise, if you know that a good scrubbing is required, try using a bleach and water solution.

For All Things Siding: Repair, Replacement, Installation

In closing, you may find even greater problems as you clean your siding. Cracked or chipped areas, at least for vinyl siding, are quite common. For aluminum materials, you may find upturned corners or stubborn messes. Therefore, the best place to call for all things siding repair is Urban Siding. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Urban Siding is the top siding contractor in Calgary. As your trusted siding company in Calgary, we stand out from others through our professionalism, quality of work and valuable siding materials. We provide siding installation, siding replacement and siding repairs in Calgary, specializing in vinyl siding. You can count on Urban Siding to be the Calgary siding contractor that offers quality services at the best price. Contact us at (403) 922-7788 for a free, detailed quote.

As temperatures continue to drop and we bust out those sweaters and scarves for Fall, there is no better time to prepare your home for the cold winter months. Let Calgary Siding Repair help you and your family stay safe and warm this winter!

WHY FALL?

During the humid summer months, siding can often become warped and damaged, allowing for energy leaks. Residing your home this Fall will ensure that your home remains well insulated throughout the holiday season and into the new year, keeping your heating bill low and your family warm.

Not only is the Fall a great time to start preparing for winter, but it is also the perfect weather for installing new siding–no sweltering heat or subzero frost! Our siding contractors can work efficiently and effectively, ensuring that your home repairs are complete before the inclement weather hits. Installing new siding in the temperate weather will also give your new siding some time to dry before the snow and rain of the winter months, avoiding potential mold and mildew in your home.

WHO CAN GET THE JOB DONE?

Here at Calgary Siding Repair, we will send our Siding Specialist to your home to conduct a color/profile match with your existing siding and find the best materials on the market to suit your existing siding needs. Our experts can reside your entire home, or simply reside one or two walls, as needed. We remain committed to serving our customers through our customized repairs, finding the best materials on the market and communicating our progress along the way.

Let us help to keep you and your family warm this winter. Contact us and request an estimate today!

Do you know some hidden benefits of exterior siding products? Some common benefits are energy cost savings (insulated siding), a stronger exterior for your home to protect it from damage, and long-lasting beauty. There are many types of siding available, you may choose any of them by knowing the features of protection and whichever best suits your home needs. As more new homes are built and older are redesigned, people are commonly looking for siding with features like durability, low maintenance and longevity.

Here is a list of siding benefits:

  • Preserves curb appeal to your homes exterior
  • Made to withstand and protect your home from its regular climate
  • Significance in water proofing, rot-wrap and swell resistance.
  • When building materials shrink or expand due to temperature change, siding covers the joints, resists water penetration & prevents wind from entering into your home.
  • Provides vital protection against cold weather by insulation power, making your home warmer and decreases the energy bill.
  • Saving you unnecessary repairs, because it provides more age to your home with its quality and power of covering up the exterior.
  • Basic function of home siding is enhancing beauty, energy efficiency, reduce maintenance and painting cost, to overall improve the value of your home.
  • Vinyl and other siding will extensively protect a home by providing vast years of durability.
  • Prevents insects from entering your home.
  • Siding is available in many designs and beautiful colors, you can select any, but for Canadian weather, wooden siding is not recommended .
  • Siding also minimizes the outside noise from entering your home, acting as a filtration from noise.
  • Some key points to preserve the look and functionality of your siding:

    1) Keep away from heat sources such as BBQ’s
    2) Do not paint over painted siding (will not last long term)
    3) Make sure your roof is in good shape

    Questions or comments? Contact Urban Siding for more information, your Calgary Roofing and Siding Company that is here to make your homes exterior the best it can be.
    Contact us: Local: (403) 278-7705 | [email protected] | www.urbansiding.com

    When it is time to replace the siding on your home, there are many choices available to choose from. Siding options include wood, stone veneer, fiber cement, engineered wood siding and vinyl siding. Each of these choices has its own range of price options, as well as pros and cons. For example, while stone veneer siding is attractive and durable, it is also very expensive. Fiber cement siding costs less but usually requires periodic repainting. Wood and engineered wood siding needs regular maintenance as well as repainting.
    Vinyl siding was introduced in the 1960’s, and in the beginning was not very well received. Since that time, improvements in quality, materials and production methods have helped to make it one of the premier choices for home and business siding. Vinyl’s resistance to extreme weather conditions makes it an especially popular in harsh climates. Below are some benefits of vinyl to consider when choosing which siding installation is right for your home:

    Variety of Attractive Styles
    Vinyl siding is available in many colours and textures, and is designed to fit various styles architecture. It is patterned to resemble wood siding and includes options such as soffits, fascia and corner boards. Vinyl siding is a very attractive low cost option that retains its appearance for many years, giving your home real curb appeal.

    Inexpensive
    While vinyl siding now offers high-end options, it is still less expensive than wood or stone siding. Vinyl has its own range of options, such as house wrapping and backing materials that will affect the longevity and efficiency of the siding.

    Highly Durable and Low Maintenance
    Vinyl siding does not rot, peel or warp. The colouring is part of the vinyl, so it does not require repainting or other tasks to keep it in shape and looking good. Maintenance usually consists of spraying dirt off with a garden hose once a year if needed. Much of the better vinyl siding available today includes water resistant insulation material behind the siding. This provides additional impact resistance, protection for external walls, and reduces noise from outside.
    When considering your siding choices, take a look at your neighbour’s homes. Ask them about their siding, how well they are satisfied with it, and any maintenance problems they may be experiencing.
    Urban Siding & Exteriors is a leader in reliable exterior services and high quality construction in Calgary. Contact us online or call (403) 278-7705 for a free estimate.