Currently, one of the most popular materials when it comes to siding is real cedar shake siding thanks to its appealing country look, while due to a variety of reasons, polypropylene cedar shake siding is considered to be the perfect alternative for real cedar.
Real cedar wood shakes suffer from a number of glaring drawbacks even though they introduce an aura of sophistication to a structure.
To begin with, after their costly initial installation, home owners must also live with the regular and similarly costly maintenance requirements of real wood siding shakes throughout their entire useful life. Furthermore, the maintenance of real wood is considered to be problematic and highly demanding. After every 2 to 5 years you need to have real wood siding shakes repainted or resealed, depending on the weather patterns of the area you live in. if you plan on carrying out the maintenance on your own, to save some cash, this can be time consuming, not to mention quite costly.
Residential property owners are searching for more affordable and low or zero maintenance alternatives. Polypropylene or vinyl cedar shakes siding being a worthy alternative.
Polypropylene Cedar Shake Siding Cleaning Procedure
Without the costly installation and demanding maintenance requirements of real wood, polypropylene or vinyl cedar shakes still offer the charming appeal of cedar. Essentially, the material requires no maintenance. The siding does however become dirty with time, just like any other material exposed to outdoor conditions. With the help of a garden hose however, getting it cleaned is quite straightforward. What follows is a step by step cleaning procedure:
Start by using your garden hose to spray a powerful jet of water against the siding.
Use the procedure described below to clear stubborn stains that remain even after using a garden hose:
Attach a soft bristled brush to your garden hose.
Follow the directions below to create a strong cleaning solution designed to clear away stubborn soil stains:
One-third cupful of household detergent
Half a cup of trisodium phosphate
A gallon of clean water
In the above composition, in place of one quart of clean water, use one quart of household bleach (5 percent sodium hypochlorite) where mildew is an issue.
Start cleaning from the bottom moving upwards, regularly rinsing the cleaned surface, where the structure is very dirty.
Before rinsing off the cleaning solution, leave it in place, on the surface of the siding, for a few minutes.
And that’s it! Getting the dirt off your polypropylene or vinyl cedar shakes siding is as easy as that. Polypropylene cedar shakes siding is also known to be thicker than normal siding, another benefit. This additional thickness makes its wooden texture and appearance all the more realistic. On top of that, hurricane force winds won’t damage most polypropylene siding. This means that is a great option for structures in areas where the prevailing weather is normally harsh as well as coastal areas.