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Aluminum Siding

Aluminum siding is a popular choice because the installation is relatively easy, it’s inexpensive and it’s low maintenance. Aluminum siding is very lightweight and easy to handle. Siding kits generally include aluminum sheets that are ready to cut and install. A skill saw or handsaw can be used for larger cuts, while a knife or tin snips can be used for more precise cuts. Simple bends can most probably be made with sheet metal tongs or if necessary you may need to enlist professional help. Cleaning aluminum siding is best done with a bucket of mild detergent, such as dishwashing liquid. Use warm water and a soft bristle brush with a long, or extendable, handle. Wash and rinse thoroughly with a water hose. If the siding has become chalky from weather exposure, you will probably need to scrub with a short, soft bristle brush. Only if you are cleaning in preparation of painting should a pressure washer ever be used.

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When painting aluminum siding, use a spray gun for best results. The paint should be applied on a cool day if possible, out of the direct sunlight to allow for a longer drying time and a smoother finish. Be sure to use an acrylic latex paint. This will help prevent cracking and peeling as the aluminum contracts and expands due to varying temperatures. Safety is always of the utmost importance when doing home repairs or renovations. You should always remember to wear safety glasses and gloves. Remember to set ladders carefully and on level ground. Having someone spot the ladder is often a good, if not necessary, course of action. It is a good idea to have someone with you or nearby when working on ladders in general. Most importantly, especially on a ladder, get help if you need it.

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