Cladding can easily make a sophisticated, aesthetically pleasing addition to the exterior of your property. In order to maximise the longevity of your cladding, you can implement the following advice, given by professional carpenters, for maintaining your property’s outdoor cladding.
Firstly, clean all visible blemishes or stains straight away. One of the easiest ways you can maintain your cladding is to keep it clean. Discolouration and stains on your cladding can occur when there is a build-up of dirt and mildew. Sometimes these build-ups can be invisible to the eye, so it is a good habit to give your cladding at the very least a regular dry brush over, or ideally, a soapy wash. Regular rainfall can be helpful in washing away destructive dirt and other build up so be aware that if your cladding is in an undercover area and not exposed to rain, you will need to give it a shower on occasion.
Rust stains can occur on your exterior cladding and they can worsen quickly if not attended to. Always keep an eye out after heavy periods of rain, as rust occurs when metal objects are exposed to moisture. Painting any objects that might be subject to rusting (screws, bolts or lighting fixtures) is a great way to deter rust stains. If stains do occur they can be hard to clean, but, fortunately, there are various available products to clean rust stains or permanently cover them up. Your carpenter will be able to help you with choosing the best cleaning substance for your cladding material.
Keep surrounding gardens, trees and foliage trimmed back from your cladding. Greenery that is too close, or touching your cladding could lead to damage depending on what material you have chosen. Constant exposure to such elements as trees and brushes means that moisture can enter the cladding through various cracks and crevices, which can lead to water damage. By ensuring there is sufficient space between your cladding and the surrounding foliage on your property, you will maximise the longevity of your cladding.
By implementing the above maintenance and ensuring that your initial cladding investment is of the highest quality, you will find that your property’s cladding will endure for years to come.