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Helpful Tips for Siding Repair

To improve the appearance of a home while also increasing the property’s resell value, siding is an excellent investment. Today, homeowners have a huge selection of materials for siding depending on the look wanted, the geographical location, and budget. However, no matter the type chosen, the key is to keep it beautiful and in good condition. Depending on the damage, siding repair could be something the homeowner could handle or the situation might require the assistance of a professional.

For instance, wood siding is popular in that it creates a rich and sophisticated look. While wood is an expensive material, it is also an investment that pays for itself time and time again but this type of home exterior has to be cared for properly in that it is prone to problems such as mildew. For siding repair specific to mildew, the key is for the siding to be sealed with a high quality repellant that contains synthetic resin.

One mistake for wood siding repair that homeowners need to be aware of is that if the repellant used contains natural oils, it actually attracts spores, which makes the mildew problem worse. For this reason, to prevent the development of mildew or for wood siding repair once mildew develops, only repellant with synthetic resin should be used. Of course, prior to applying the repellant on siding that has mildew, the surface would need to be thoroughly cleaned with a special product.

Regarding siding repair specific to cedar lap siding, if the boards were to split, they would need to be replaced. Some people believe that split boards can simply be caulked but the truth is that if the damaged siding is not replaced, rainwater could easily penetrate past the siding and into the backing material on which the siding is installed. Although cedar is an excellent siding material, one known to provide many years of beauty and protection, split boards have to be completely replaced. Usually when a problem such as splitting occurs, specifically with cedar siding, chances are it was installed incorrectly.

Another popular type of siding is vinyl, which is a strong, durable, and long-lasting material that comes in a variety of colors. However, even vinyl siding can experience cracks or punctures. To repair vinyl siding, people should wait until outside temperatures are warm but not hot, making spring the best time of year. With this, the siding would be more flexible and therefore, easier to manipulate. The first step would be for the homeowner to identify the damaged area. From there, the damage could be repaired.

For cracked siding, the damaged area would need to be carefully removed. Then, a new piece of siding that matches the damaged piece cut to match the size of the damaged piece of siding plus two inches. This way, as the siding is replaced, the extra length would allow for proper overlap on both ends. Once the top edge is snapped into place, the new piece would be nailed in with aluminum box nails the appropriate length to penetrate not only the new piece but also to go into the studs at least one inch.

If the vinyl siding has punctured areas, the damaged area would need to be removed. Then, a small piece of matching siding would be placed flush on the backside and attached with glue and cement. Once dry, the siding piece would be reinstalled. This simple repair job would keep water from penetrating the siding while also hiding the small holes so the home remains beautiful. Many siding problems can be corrected by the homeowner, a great way to save money but for serious damage, it would be worth the homeowner paying to have a professional contractor do the work.

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