If you’ve recently had composite cladding installed or are considering it for an upcoming project, proper maintenance is key for preventing any damage.
Made from a blend of wood fibres and plastic, composite cladding is resistant to rot, insect damage, warping, and fading. Although it requires much less upkeep than its wood counterpart, composite cladding does need periodic cleaning and maintenance to retain its like-new appearance and durability over time.
The good news is that maintaining your composite cladding isn’t time-consuming or labour-intensive. We provide simple, practical tips to keep your composite cladding in optimal condition.
1 – Regular Cleaning
One of the best things you can do for composite cladding is to clean it regularly, preventing the buildup of dirt, mildew, and other debris that can make it look worn. To keep your cladding looking its best, it’s essential to clean it at least twice a year or more frequently if your property is in a particularly polluted area.
How to clean composite cladding
To clean your composite cladding, use a stiff brush or cloth and a mild detergent mixed with warm water. Gently scrub the surface to remove any dirt or grime, then rinse with clean water.
If you notice specific dirty or stained areas, spot clean as needed in between full washings.
Keeping on top of occasional spot cleaning prevents having to do heavy-duty cleanings as often.
2 – Cleaning More Stubborn Stains
For particularly stubborn dirt or stains, a pressure washer on a low setting can be used to clean composite cladding effectively. Just be cautious not to hold the nozzle too close or use too much pressure, as this can damage the material.
Washing annually with a pressure washer will remove embedded grime.
3 – Avoid Harsh Chemicals
While composite cladding resists damage better than wood and other materials, harsh chemicals can still degrade its appearance and durability. Avoid exposing your composite cladding to products like paint removers, bleach, strong cleaners, or acidic products. Even fertilisers and pesticides can damage composite materials if sprayed directly onto them.
When using any chemical products outdoors, take care to prevent them from coming into contact with the cladding.
4 – Proper Drainage and Ventilation
Ensuring proper drainage and ventilation around composite cladding is vital to prevent moisture damage or the growth of mould and mildew. Make sure gutters are clear of debris so rainwater can run off.
In addition, install composite panels in a way that allows for airflow behind them. Follow manufacturer guidelines for leaving adequate ventilation gaps as they’ll keep air circulating. This prevents dampness from being trapped behind the cladding.
5 – Prevent and Address Mould and Mildew
Composite cladding is very resistant to mould, but it can be susceptible to mildew, and algae growth in damp conditions. This can be minimised with proper care and maintenance. Be diligent about washing the cladding regularly – particularly if it’s in shady areas that don’t dry out as quickly.
If you do notice mould or mildew, it’s essential to address it promptly, as it can cause discoloration and damage to the cladding if left untreated.
6 – Protect from Impact
While composite cladding is durable and can withstand some impact, be mindful to move grills, furniture, or other items away that could bump into the composite cladding and cause nicks or cracks. Also, be careful when using a ladder for cleaning cladding to avoid accidental impact.
7 – Manage Surrounding Vegetation
Ensure that surrounding vegetation, like trees and bushes, doesn’t grow too close to the cladding. Overgrown vegetation can trap moisture, leading to mould and mildew growth.
Choose Ecoscape for Durable, Easy-Care Composite Cladding
Following these simple maintenance and care tips will go a long way in ensuring your cladding remains an enduring and attractive feature of your home or building. With just a little routine care, you can enjoy the benefits of composite cladding’s low-maintenance durability for many years.
Ecoscape’s cladding is made from recycled materials and is made to require minimal maintenance while offering maximum durability and visual appeal. We’re so confident in our range that our composite cladding comes with a 25-year guarantee.
For more information, advice, product samples, or quotations, get in touch with us today.