DANGER -- Never Pressure Wash Vinyl Siding
"Insurance agents report that there is more damage caused
by power-washing homes than all other home
- Possible Hidden Damage Behind the Vinyl, Costing You Thousands and the Risk of Mold Affecting Your Family.
- Repeated yearly expense to have handy-man, pressure washers and painters; who lack training in the science of vinyl restoration, perform a manufacturer non-approved power-washing of your home.
- May VOID Your Warranty resulting in insurance exemption
- Possible Use of Toxic Chemicals or Bleach on Your Home.
Instead of Dangerous Pressure Washing, we use
MotorScrubber on YOUR HOME. Your Home May be
Your Castle, but Mold and Rot are trying to tear down the walls.
We Protect Your Greatest Investment by Removing the Oxidation
that Pressure Washing Can't -- and then protect it with Vinyl Renu
Microbial Sealer which also restores the color.
See Below What
Have to Say. Most agree
Pressure Washing is Dangerous
and may VOID your
Vinyl Siding Warranty.
Is it worth the risk to save a few hundred dollars today... if it costs you thousands tomorrow
when rot and mold are behind your vinyl or
your family struggles with
mold-related health issues ?
(See more videos below about water damage behind Vinyl-Siding)
Vinyl-Siding Manufacturers Policy
Will it Void Warranty? -- Y = Yes, N = No, M = Maybe
| Oil, dirt, grime and chalk can be removed with your garden hose and a bucket of soapy water. |
CertainTeed shall not acceptany liability or responsibility under
its written warranty for failure caused by application that does not
meet our requirements.
Prorated warranty if transferred.
This Warranty does not provide protection against any failure, defect or damage caused by situations and events beyond normal exposure conditions, including but not limited to:• Misuse, abuse, neglect, improper handling, or storage; Use of accessories which do not properly receive and/or secure CertainTeed Vinyl Siding Products; • Failure of owner to provide normal maintenance and cleaning; • Normal weathering, fading, chalking or oxidation; • Discoloration orother damage caused by air pollution.
Periodic washing with a soft bristle brush and clean water from a garden hose may be necessary
to remove surface dirt. Chalk may also accumulate on the surface and can only be removed by by brushing.
For best appearance, clean vinyl siding at least once a year. To remove soil, grime and chalk from your siding, use a garden hose, a soft bristle brush and a bucket of soapy water. To minimize streaking,wash the house from the bottom up. Thoroughly rinse the siding with clean water from a garden hose. Avoid prolonged or high pressure rinsing of open ventilated areas.
Warranty shall not apply to destruction or damage of the product or its failure to adhere to any surface when resulting from or connected with misuse, neglect, or the impact of foreign objects or when caused by re, wind, earthquake or acts of God;
NO Pressure Washing.
Wash the siding with an ordinary lo.ng-handled car washing brush that fastens to your hose
Lifetime Warranty is for original owner and for institutions up to 50 years.
Fading, discolor, oxidation, mildew, weathering, and similar is not covered by warranty.
NO PRESSURE WASHING. Norandex’s siding comes with a lifetime warranty for damage and defects
beyond normal wear and tear and weather. They take pains to point out
that their warranty includes a clause covering owners for hail damage
that may not be included in homeowners’ insurance. However their policy
Wash using a soft cloth or ordinary long-handled soft bristle brush. For textured surfaces, use only a soft bristle brush to avoid smearing the stain into the grooves of the texture. Clean gently to avoid surface abrasion. After cleaning, rinse area with water. Do NOT use bleach.
If you decide to power wash your vinyl or aluminum siding, please be
sure to read your power washer instructions carefully before you begin.
When cleaning, hold the power washer straight at eye level. Don’t aim
the washer upward as the water may collect behind the siding. This
collected water could leak, which can produce streaks, or could stay
behind the siding, which can cause decay. Set the pressure using a
minimum of 1,500 PSI and maximum of 2,400, using a 40-degree tip.
This Warranty shall remain in effect only if normal cleaning practices are performed for maintenance of the Siding. (See Care and Cleaning.)This Warranty shall be null and void if harmful cleaning compounds are used.
CARE & CLEANING: Siding should be washed periodically by rinsing with a garden hose and clear water particularly in those areas not exposed directly to rain. If you desire to do a more thorough cleaning, or where high soil collection conditions occur,follow these simple instructions.
DO NOT PRESSURE or POWER WASH. Use a soft-bristled, long-handled washing brush. It attaches to your garden hose and makes washing your siding easier. Do not rub vigorously, as this may create glossy areas over the Product finish.
It is important that immediately following all washing operations,the entire surface be thoroughly rinsed with fresh water from a garden hose. Avoid prolonged or high pressure rinsing of open,ventilated areas.
QUESTION: I asked the
Vinyl Siding Institute
if it is acceptable to
am email, Jeffrey Smith of the Vinyl Siding Institute, explained that a
soft-bristle brush and garden hose water pressure is all that should be
used on vinyl siding.
Then he added this disclaimer, "We
do, however, recognize that some homeowners or home maintenance
companies prefer to use power
washers. For them, we recommend holding the power washer straight at
eye level (NOTE: how many do that ATW), not upward, which could drive water behind the siding,
possibly dislodging it if the pressure is too high. In fact, some
manufacturers don’t want pressure washers used on their
products at all. Others allow them, but have limitations on the amount
of pressure and the cleaners that can be used."
Jeffrey A. Smith
Vinyl Siding Institute
CLICK House to See Report of Damage of Pressure Washing Vinyl-Siding
2016 National Association of Insurance Commissioners
200 Page Report on Dwelling Fire,
Homeowners Owner-Occupied, and
Homeowners Tenant and
Unit Owners Insurance
"Many insurers have considered mold an excluded peril ..." p12
Examples include ancillary mold damage that results
from an otherwise covered peril, the liability of builders for mold damage that results from new
construction methods and materials, or the liability of property owners for potential health problems related to inhalation of mold spores.
Insurers have discovered that the repair of mold damage to property can be expensive. In
response, insurers have added language to property and liability policies to explicitly exclude or limit coverage for mold. p 13
18% of House Washes are improperly washed
resulting in MOLD and ROT
behind the vinyl siding or damaged siding.
Too Close, Too Much Pressure, Wrong Direction -- and He is about to Fall which will be
charged against your home-owner's policy.
MOST IMPORTANTLY - this does not remove oxidation, restore the color, or seal the vinyl.
The Vinyl Siding Institute
How do I wash vinyl siding?
Wash vinyl siding with a soft cloth or ordinary long-handled soft
bristle brush. For textured surfaces, use only a soft bristle brush to
keep the grooves in the texture stain-free. For best results, start at
the bottom of the house and work up and rinse the cleaning solution
completely from the TOP down before it dries. If your house has brick facing, cover the
brick so that it is not affected by the runoff.
Can I use a power washer?
Yes -- but with GREAT caution! One should read the washer instructions carefully before
use. When cleaning, hold the power washer straight at eye level to keep
the water on top of the siding where it can clean most effectively. Do
not aim the power washer upward as water may be driven behind the
siding. (Most pressure-washers / house-washers shoot upwards)
You should also follow the
siding manufacturer’s recommendations. Most manufacturers don’t want
pressure washers used on their products at all. Others allow them, but
have limitations on the amount of pressure and the cleaners that can be
used. All will caution against the use of pressure washers around any
opening in the wall, such as windows, doors, electrical wiring, and
Bob Vila reports:
"Another effective way to clean vinyl siding is by using a pressure
washer, although some manufacturers advise against it, and other
manufacturers recommend a limited amount of pressure.
If using a pressure washer,
be sure to keep the stream at eye level and pointed straight at the
siding, not at an angle. (but watch most pressure-washers, they shoot upwards) That way, you won’t drive water in behind the
siding. Use caution when using a pressure washer around openings like
windows, doors, and plumbing connections. Avoid using any cleaning products that contain organic solvents, chlorine bleach, liquid grease remover, nail polish remover,
or furniture polish or cleaners. Any of these products might damage the
vinyl siding’s surface. Also, avoid using highly-abrasive scrubbers or steel wool; these, too, can cause damage."
HOW MUCH FOR THIS
Our ReVinylize System will cost just over twice as much as pressure-washing. But you won't have the dangers of pressure washing (see slides above) or possible health issues with MOLD. Moreover, the protection lasts
for up to 10 years, we offer a warranty and the fungus /algae
is arrested by our proprietary
microbial sealer, PLUS you just rinse off the dirt with a garden-hose for years to
come -- no pressure washing
costs or risks.