Vinyl colors won’t fade even after prolonged exposure to UV rays. However, this doesn’t mean that the material is immune to all forms of blemishes, as the material is still susceptible to stains and other marks. Read on as D & M Roofing, a top roofing company in the state, lists the common causes of discoloration on vinyl siding and recommends ways you can remove them.
Algae and Fungi
Green, brown and black stains on your vinyl siding may have been caused by algae and fungi. Unlike mold, which eats away organic construction materials, algae are usually just a cosmetic problem. However, the growth of algae and fungi might indicate a bigger problem; algae grows in shady and damp areas, which also happen to be favored by insects and conducive to rot. It’d be prudent to check the areas underneath your siding for potential pest or rot damage.
Mild soap and a brush should be enough to remove algae stains, although you might have to use a stronger cleaning solution to remove more stubborn mold. And to prevent them from growing back, remove nearby objects that block sunlight, like overgrown trees and shrubs.
Smoke and Dirt
In dusty and smoggy areas, smoke and dirt might cause stains. However, the accumulated dirt can be easily removed with a good scrubbing.
Water leaking from the roofing system usually contains chemicals and tannins from wood sheathings that give it a rusty red or bark-brown color. After it drips down the siding, the water usually leaves behind red and brown streaks. You should have nothing to worry about if these stains happen about once in 40 years, but if they appear on a more frequent basis, you’d need to have a contractor inspect your roof. The leaks dripping down your siding may be part of a more serious problem. Just make sure to hire only experienced and qualified contractors to inspect and repair your roof.
D & M Roofing is a roofing contractor with almost two decades’ worth of experience and an A%20 rating from the Better Business Bureau. To get a free roofing estimate, you can call us at (330) 968-0002 or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Akron and Canton, OH.