Metal siding is becoming increasingly popular across the globe for both residential and commercial purposes for a variety of reasons. One of the top factors in its success is that metal is nearly maintenance free compared to other types of siding, like wood shingles or brick.
That’s not to say you don’t have to maintain steel buildings in Alaska, though. There are still a few basic maintenance items that should be performed to ensure your siding looks its best and lasts for decades. Keep reading to learn about these top maintenance tasks:
- Clean the siding: The biggest item on your maintenance checklist is keeping your siding clean. Use a hose or power washer to remove any stuck-on debris that could damage the protective coating or the metal itself. If water alone isn’t doing the trick, use a non-abrasive detergent to finish the job. Keep in mind that caustic cleaners could damage the siding.
- Clear away ground debris: Fallen leaves, twigs and any other debris has no business collecting on the ground near your metal siding. To properly maintain steel buildings in Alaska, we recommend raking up debris and throwing it away. In addition to just looking messy on the ground, moisture could collect and be held against the siding for extended periods, leading to rust.
- Trim greenery: Bushes and trees planted around the sides of your building beautify your property. However, they could also lead to some nasty scratches. To further protect your building, make a habit of trimming back any trees or bushes so there’s no chance they make contact with or scratch your siding.
- Repair scratches: By taking care of the maintenance items mentioned above, you may never have to worry about scratches to your siding, but if you do notice a scratch, you should be prepared to fix it right away. Small scuffs and scrapes can be buffed away as long as the metal substrate beneath the coating isn’t damaged. Deep scratches, though, may require professional repair or even replacement of the siding.
- Check the fasteners: Frigid winter temperatures and whipping winds can do a number on your siding’s fasteners. To maintain metal siding in Alaska before winter, we recommend going around your building and inspecting all of the fasteners. Loose screws should be tightened up, and any rusty fasteners should be replaced before winter weather is in full swing.
- Hire a pro: It never hurts to get a professional’s opinion on your siding. If your siding is getting older or you’ve noticed some deeper scratches, we recommend hiring a professional. A siding contractor can tell you whether your siding is in good shape or if it needs to be repaired or replaced.
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With a little maintenance, metal siding can last for decades before it needs to be replaced. When that day comes, though, be sure to hire the experts from Superior Products Inc. to address it. On top of helping you maintain your metal siding in Alaska, we’re experts at putting new siding on commercial buildings and residential homes.
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