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How to maintain and protect your wood siding, some things to
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In properly maintaining and protecting your wood
siding, consider doing the following:
vegetation so as to create a buffer zone between the vegetation
and the wood siding. Rotting of your wood siding may be
caused by overgrown vegetation, such as plants and/or trees,
touching and essentially overbearing the wood siding; the moist
environment of watered plants and trees can cultivate an
environment that ultimately leads to rotting wood. So,
ideally, new plants and trees should be planted away from the
wood siding, and established vegetation should be trimmed so
that about at least 2 feet of a buffer zone is created between
the vegetation and the wooding siding, itself.
rain gutters / roof gutters. Your wood siding
will be subject to the
outdoor elements 24/7. It should
not need to unnecessarily bear more exposure than is necessary,
and this is especially true as to rain runoff. Rain that
runs down the roof should not run straight down on the wood
but be drawn into rain gutters that will ultimately lead the
water away from the house. These gutters will not handle
all the rain and, thus, some rain may splash onto the wood
siding if the gutters are blocked with debris or are otherwise
leaking due to having been damaged. Therefore, make sure
you check on the gutters to be free of debris and leaks.
cracks in the siding before they grow into huge problems.
If you see a small crack in your wood siding, open the crack
just a bit with a putty knife and stuff the underlying
crack/hole with outdoor glue that is waterproof. Then,
like a bandage, use a generous amount of tape, such as duct
tape, to temporarily mend the crack with the glued-on wood until
the glue cures; remove the tape afterwards. Failing to
address such minor cracks now can surely lead to great rot
infestation, requiring even the whole wall of wood siding to be
These are just some of the acts of maintaining
and protecting your wood siding that you should consider doing.
Handyman Zone Team
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