The siding of your manufactured home is crucial. Not only is it the most visible material on the exterior of your home, it’s also your first defense against the elements. No matter what type of manufactured home siding material you have, it’s important to regularly clean and service your siding to ensure years of protection for your home.
Below are the main materials used as siding for manufactured and modular homes, and a few tips to keep them at their best.
Vinyl Siding for Your Manufactured Home
The first key manufactured home siding material to be used after years of using corrugated aluminum for siding was vinyl siding. Vinyl siding is the most popular option for manufactured home siding and is durable, affordable and can be molded to look like wood siding.
Though vinyl siding is low maintenance and holds its color better than traditional wood siding, a little maintenance is needed to protect your home and retain its style.
The Best Way to Clean Vinyl Siding
Vinyl siding is stain resistant, but build-up from pollen and dirt could eventually stain your siding and make the dirt or pollen very difficult to remove.
Using a hose with a spray nozzle to wash off dirt each month will prevent stains from building up.
If you live in a colder climate and can only wash your home during warmer months, cleaning ingredients can be found around your home. Simply mix about 4 gallons of warm water with a dish soap or other mild cleaner in an easy-to carry bucket.
As the video shows, use an extendable scrubbing brush to scrub stains with your soapy solution. To rinse, use a hose or pressure washer. Work from the bottom and work your way up in five foot sections to prevent streaking.
How to Clean Mildew Off Vinyl Siding
It’s best to avoid using bleach on your vinyl siding because it can damage the landscaping around your home. If you must, use an outdoor friendly bleach for stubborn stains or mold, or even better for your landscaping, use oxygen bleach mixed with water to get stubborn mold off your home.
Replacing and Repairing Vinyl Siding
High wind, storms or accidents could occasionally damage or warp a section of your siding. Luckily, vinyl siding is easily replaced.
Because of its shape, vinyl siding “snaps together” and is flexible enough to be popped in and out of place without breaking if done correctly.
Though many people don’t realize it, manufactured home vinyl siding is the same as any other site built home vinyl siding, so you can source it from any local hardware or national home improvement store. To replace your vinyl siding, get a sample of the damaged siding to take to the store and match with the correct color and style.
When you’re ready, simply snap out all of the broken pieces. With your new pieces, start from a top corner of the damaged area and fit the ends together before snapping the top side. Working down, repeat the process until you snap in the last board of the damaged area.
Fiber Cement Siding for Your Manufactured Home
Fiber cement boards and shingles have revolutionized siding for manufactured and site built homes.
Though more expensive, fiber cement boards are incredibly durable, hold their color longer and provide a unique style when compared to vinyl siding. They are pest resistant since there’s no material for those bugs to munch on and they are highly fire resistant. Fiber cement is also not prone to warping or cracking over time.
Replacing and Repairing Fiber Cement Siding
Because cement fiber is so durable, something catastrophic needs to happen before it has to be replaced. When damage does happen, the boards are nailed rather than fitted, so it ends up becoming a project best suited for a professional.
For most fiber cement products, you can only buy the siding through a licensed contractor or salesman who will coordinate replacing your siding.
How to Clean Your Fiber Cement Siding
To care for fiber cement siding, wash with the same materials that you would wash vinyl siding. Just like you would use soap and water to clean vinyl siding on a regular schedule, you can use soap and water to clean your fiber cement siding.
However, do not use a high-pressure washer on fiber cement siding. You can use a low-pressure sprayer and a brush to clean your fiber cement siding.
To prevent tough stains from building up, keep landscaping, bushes and other plants trimmed and away from the sides of your home.
Engineered Wood Siding for Your Manufactured Home
You may recognize OSB plywood, particleboard or laminate flooring for other applications in your home, but few know that engineered wood can be used as an affordable siding option for manufactured and modular homes.
Engineered wood siding has many benefits, including its low cost, lighter weight, wide availability and versatility. For these reasons, many homeowners opt for engineered wood siding when purchasing their first home or investing in a new home.
Replacing and Repairing Engineered Wood Siding
Engineered wood can hold up for many years due to its hard protective coating, and can better withstand impact.
Like fiber cement, most engineered wood siding is nailed into place like traditional wood siding. A professional is always recommended, but you can replace it on your own as well. Be sure to use galvanized or stainless steel nails to prevent rust and check out this video for instructions on installing and replacing.
Engineered Wood Siding Care and Maintenance
Just like any siding, a little maintenance goes a long way in preserving the finish on the siding of your manufactured home.
To clean your engineered wood siding, use a soapy mixture with an extendable handle to wash your siding annually. It’s important to use a garden hose instead of a pressure washer, as high PSI pressure washers could potentially damage the siding’s protective coating.
It’s also important to periodically clean for mold and mildew or else your paint finish could be damaged. You can use a 1 to 4 white vinegar to water solution to remove mold and mildew from your siding.
Engineered wood is pest resistant because of the glues that hold the wood particles together, but keeping your landscaping and plants trimmed away from your home will keep pests away and prevent nasty stains from any material from building up.
For instance use the following tips:
- Trim shrubs, trees and plants a minimum of one foot from the siding
- Maintain a six-inch minimum clearance from the ground to any untreated wood siding or trim.
- Don’t allow garden mulch or barkdust to build up to within six inches of siding bottom
Looking for more tips to keep your manufactured home like new? Check out Learn for home maintenance advice or learn how to maintain and repair your manufactured home skirting.
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