The Proper Way to Clean Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is loved for its beauty, durability and low maintenance, but that doesn’t mean it never needs to be cleaned. Over time, vinyl siding will accumulate dirt, stains, mold and mildew, so you’ll need to clean it about once every year. Vinyl siding is the most popular cladding across Canada and the United States. Being extremely environmentally friendly, and having the distinctive beauty of freshly painted wood, it’s no wonder why people fall in love with vinyl siding. To ensure your vinyl siding looks gorgeous year-round, take a look at 4 tips for cleaning it properly.

How to Wash Vinyl Siding

It doesn’t take much effort to wash vinyl siding, making it one of the most carefree claddings there is. When it comes time to clean it, you can use a soft cloth or a long-handled soft bristle brush to clean the grooves for textured surfaces. Start at the bottom of your house, working up, and rinse and wipe away residue as you go. This will prevent streaking, making your vinyl siding looking good as new!

Removing Dirt and Stains

Tough dirt and stains can accumulate as a result of pollen, bird and insect droppings, grease, top soil, crayons and rust. To remove these stains, you can use general household cleaners like Windex or Lysol. There are also specific products designed to remove rust, such as Iron Out. Wipe the dirt and stains with these products and watch as your exterior transforms!

Removing Mold and Mildew

Mold and mildew can grow in shady, moist areas. Light mold and mildew stains can be removed with a homemade siding cleaner made of 70% water and 30% white vinegar. If you need something stronger, you can mix one third cup powdered laundry detergent, two thirds cup powdered household cleaner, one quart liquid laundry bleach and one gallon of water.

Using a Power Washer

If you’re wondering whether you can use a power washer to clean your vinyl siding, the answer is yes, in most cases. Some manufacturers suggest not using power washers on their products, while others have limitations on the pressure and type of power washer to use. If you get the go-ahead, read the washer instructions carefully so you don’t do any damage. Keep the power washer at eye level so it hits the top of the siding, where it can clean most effectively. Refrain from pointing it upward to eliminate the risk of water getting behind the siding.

Vinyl siding is virtually maintenance free, but you do need to clean it once a year to help retain its beauty. Use these tips to get your vinyl siding looking good as new!


5 Reasons to Invest in Insulated Vinyl Siding

If there’s one thing you should invest in to upgrade your home exterior, it would be insulated vinyl siding. Not only will it help keep your home a comfortable temperature year-round, it’s also energy efficient, low maintenance and will enhance your curb appeal. Gentek’s Sequoia Select EnFusion siding is everything you’re looking for in an insulated vinyl siding. It combines beauty, protection, minimal maintenance and energy efficiency, making it perfect for today’s busy lifestyle. Made with durable, solid-colour vinyl, it never needs to be painted and won’t warp or rot. You get a worry-free exterior that looks just as good as it performs.

Have we convinced you yet? Here are 5 reasons to invest in insulated vinyl siding.

1. Energy Savings

Energy savings is high on homeowners’ must-have lists these days, and for good reason. Higher energy efficiency means better energy savings and lower energy bills for you. Gentek’s EnFusion siding is crafted with energy saving technology that shields your home from inclement weather and energy loss. The vinyl panel features EPS (expanded polystyrene) rigid foam insulation, creating a blanket of thermal protection to shield your home.

2. Sustainability

On top of being energy efficient, insulated vinyl siding is also environmentally and economically friendly. From lower installation and transportation costs to simple upkeep and minimal maintenance costs, it’s clear that vinyl siding is the way to go. Lower maintenance means eliminating painting, staining and sealing, which means it won’t release harmful solvents into the environment. On top of that, vinyl siding helps conserve natural resources used as building materials such as cedar and wood and is overall more environmentally friendly than brick and fiber cement.

3. Home Comfort

Your home should be a place you love to spend time in, but you can’t do that without a comfortable indoor temperature. Insulated vinyl siding ensures your home stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It protects your home from the harsh elements, improving the comfort of your home no matter the temperature outside. Did you know that wall studs make up roughly 25% of the wall surface of an average home and 40% of heat loss can occur through wall studs where there’s no insulation? Sequoia Select EnFusion eliminates this issue, insulating over the frame of your home and blocking surfaces where heat loss occurs.

4. Sound Comfort

Noise from outside your home can interfere with family time, alone time and overall everyday activities you enjoy. It can even mess with your sleep patterns. Gentek’s EnFusion siding softens noise outside, with its high-density insulation, providing your home with quiet comfort. You may be surprised just how quiet and peaceful your home can be without the distraction of outdoor construction, lawn mowers, passing cars, barking dogs, etc.

5. Minimal Maintenance

The last thing you want is to invest in siding that requires a considerable amount of maintenance – this means more time and money on your end. Insulated vinyl siding is virtually maintenance free, so it never needs to be painted and it won’t rot or warp. All you have to do is rinse it off with a garden hose now and again to remove airborne dust and dirt.

If you’re looking for a siding that has it all, insulated vinyl siding is the choice for you. Visit your local Gentek dealer to check out our Sequoia Select EnFusion siding!

 


6 Reasons to Use Vinyl Siding in Your Home

 

2017-06-04As the leading exterior cladding across North America, there are many reasons to use vinyl siding for your home. It’s versatile, durable and basically maintenance free, so it’s a no-brainer for any homeowner looking to build with style and value in mind. Gentek carries a wide range of vinyl siding so you can customize your home any way you please.

With style, strength and craftsmanship as some of its top features, vinyl siding offers a lot of value to anyone who chooses to use it. From its eco-friendly roots to its extreme durability, here are 6 reasons to use vinyl siding in your home.

  1. Design-centric

There are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to vinyl siding, from colours and textures to design and style. You can create whatever look you want, applying the pieces vertically or horizontally with your dream exterior in mind. There’s a wide array of colours available, including the popular dark grey shades, such as Iron Ore. With complementary trims and accessories, the options for customizing your exterior cladding with vinyl siding are endless.

  1. Durable

Vinyl siding is incredibly durable, able to stand up to almost any element. Multiple attachment points and sturdy materials protect it from wind resistance and impact from hail. And advanced UV-resistance coatings ensure the colour won’t fade for years. Vinyl siding is continuously exceeding expectations and is known for its long-term durability, which is why many homeowners continue to select it over and over again.

  1. Cost Effective

Vinyl siding is very cost effective, especially for the high-quality product you’re receiving. If you want to install vinyl siding yourself, you can save even more, but even if you hire someone to install it for you, it’s much more cost effective than the other siding options out there.

  1. Eco-friendly

Homeowners are becoming more and more conscious about their home’s impact on the environment, and with vinyl siding, they can rest assured their home is eco-friendly. Both vinyl siding and insulated vinyl siding have low environmental impact and vinyl scrap is recyclable. On top of that, since it’s so durable, it helps reduce maintenance and repair costs and materials.

  1. Maintenance free

Vinyl siding is also essentially maintenance free. Once you have it installed, you don’t have to do much to maintain its original aesthetics. It’s easily cleaned with soap and water, and you’ll never need to paint your home to update it. Other siding options leave you with ongoing maintenance and a hefty bill, but vinyl siding will keep its superior quality for years. Plus, it resists pests and damage so you don’t have to worry about unexpected costs!

  1. Prevents mold and mildew

Vinyl siding is immune to moisture damage, which prevents mold and mildew. With a tight, secure installation system, it resists excessive moisture, and weep holes allow for moisture to escape. Vinyl siding helps a home’s walls breathe and dry out, so you don’t have to worry about water damage within your home.

 

Are you ready to let your design flair shine with vinyl siding? Visit your local Gentek supplier today to find the right vinyl siding for you!


I do not want anything green or green like at all!

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Sarah asks:

Question:   Sarah    We’ve selected Iron Ore for the main colour of our siding with the accents, soffit, fascia and eaves done in Windswept Smoke. I’ve looked at physical samples and like the colours against our brick. I’m trying to select a colour of vinyl shake style to go into the triangle above the garage to give it more interest. I tried to use mydesign home studio to run through option but this just scared me as the Iron Ore in that program looks hunter green – – is Iron Ore intended to have green undertones…..I thought it was supposed to be a very dark grey?? I’d like to confirm that before I make my final decision. I do not want anything green or green like at all! Thank you!

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Iron Ore is definitely a dark grey.  We always advise that you do not make final decisions based on online colour swatches. Screen resolutions vary by machine and are not exact matches.

 


We’ve selected the Dover Grey vinyl siding

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Christy asks:

We’ve selected the Dover Grey vinyl siding for our exterior and we will be replacing all the windows with white trims. Any suggestions to a complimentary colour we can use (siding or shake) and where? Any suggestions would be helpful, if you can please get back to me as soon as you can that would be great, as they are working on the exterior this week.

 

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With Dover Grey I think you can try either Storm or White as your accent colours. It would tie everything together.  As for the stone. I would suggest you do stone around the garage doors and around the large window on the upper level of the home.  Pick a stone colour that has light and darker grey tones in it with some other neutral tones as well to finish the look.

 


Bungalow needs a new roof and a facelift

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Susan asks:

Please help! My new late 1960’s raised bungalow needs a new roof and a facelift. i crave a modern look. The windows are newer, so I’m not wanting to replace them.I’m prepared to redo the siding and paint the brick. I will be replacing front doors and garage door. should I erect a portico over front doors? The 2 windows and brick below the white siding will be closed up. Should I put stone there? Any suggestions and tips would be greatly appreciated.

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Answer:

If you want to create a modern look I would do the following.  Leave the red brick, replace the white siding with a dark siding colour like Gentek’s Windswept Smoke or Pebble.  These are neutral tones that look great with the red brick.  As for the part you are going to be closing up, go with a stone in this area with colour similar to the siding colour you pick.  Brown and Grey tones. This will bring everything together.

 

As for the portico, I would not go that route. That would close up the door. Pick a bold door colour like Black or Dark Grey and make it a focal point for the home.  Paint or replace the garage door the same colour as the siding.  You do not want the eye to be drawn to the garage door so make it blend in to the home.

 

 

 


Updating

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Michelle asks:

We are updating our windows in Ivory. Our eaves, soffits and trim are already in the same color. We have a box and bay window the will have gentek siding applied with a board batton look. I would like to do something different from ivory on ivory but not to drastic. The brick has reddish pink tones with a greyishigh running through it.. Thinking of either Pebble Khaki or Wicker cafe..not sure which or if there is another suggestion that would go well with ivory and brick. Suggestions?

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My choice for your siding would be Pebble which will give you the different colour that you desire without a drastic contrast. I think Wicker is just a little too light.

 

These are your closest Premium Renovators. Please consider contacting them.

Forward Construction
789 Quantra Cresent Newmarket
ON, L3X 1M9
Phone: 647-274-2722

Barker Roofing‚ Siding & Windows
6074 19th Avenue   Markham
ON, L3P 3J3
Phone: (905) 642-7000

Canatek Home Improvement Ltd.
33 Wallenberg Drive Vaughan
ON, L6A 4M1
Phone: (416) 704-8649

 


I need to side the front of my garage

Question:

Brent asks:

I need to side the front of my garage and side as you will notice in photo. That is my primary concern. This is a house in an area of lower value homes so low cost is priority. As you can see from the front it will be difficult to tie in as we want to avoid stucco. We would like to consider covering the front area where you see the swirled stucco with similar siding as we plan to do on the side and front of the garage. We may also consider painting the bricks and adding some other features to improve the look. Thanks for your help.

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Answer:

If you are taking cost into consideration, vinyl siding would be your best option.  It is the best value with low maintenance. Painting the brick would be fine. I would chose to paint the brick a darker colour than the siding you are choosing. Go lighter with the vinyl siding. I would maybe suggest something like a darker grey for the brick and then using a colour like Gentek’s Storm for the siding with white soffit, fascia eaves and trim.


Replacing all our windows, siding, front door and garage door

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Denyse asks:

We are planning on replacing all our windows, siding, front door and garage door for the front of our house. At the moment they are all in Cedar wood. We would like to have maintenance free options. We would also like to have best option in colours. Thanking you in advance.

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Answer:

To give the home a new look, I would add in some lighter colours. For the siding, windows and the garage door I would suggest you go with Gentek’s Wicker in their Sequoia Select vinyl siding.  Vinyl siding gives you the maintenance free material you desire as well as the colours that will look good on your home.  As for the front door, maybe try something bold like Gentek’s Iron Ore or even black to create a focal point.

 

These are your closest Premium Renovators. Please consider contacting them.

Aluminium Cosmopolitan
274, Place des Cèdres Dollard-des-Ormeaux
QC, H9G 1W1

Gouttieres Fidele Arsenault Inc. (Vitrerie Fidele Arsenault)
10410 Boul Gouin Ouest Roxboro
QC, H8Y 1W4

Carrefour de la Renovation 640 Inc.
66 rue Dubois‚ local 105 St-Eustache
QC, J7P 4W9

 

 


Window trim and siding colors

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Amanda asks:

 

Hi Looking at help with picking the right window trim and siding colors for my house. Was leaning towards gray siding with white trim? Thanks!

 

Amanda 1Answer:

If you are partial to grey siding, I would suggest you go with Gentek’s Windswept Smoke in Board and Batten siding and trim it in white.  The link below will show you this colour combination in use. I think it looks great.  Windswept Smoke does have some brown tones in it so it will blend with the brick colour you have.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/493988652860676896/

 

These are your closest Premium Renovators. Please consider contacting them. Regina Window Sales & Exteriors and Everlast Eaves and Exteriors Ltd.