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Tips For Repairing Damaged Vinyl Siding

by Neil Craig

For most homeowners, vinyl siding is a remarkably versatile and durable choice for cladding exterior home walls. This material is usually available in various colors and profiles, allowing you to design the dream exterior for your home. Vinyl is also typically resistant to termite infestations and fading, making it virtually maintenance-free. Additionally, the material can provide an excellent insulating material that helps lower your heating and cooling costs.

The only downside to vinyl siding is that it is often susceptible to damage from storms and extreme weather. Read on for tips on how to repair various extents of damage to your vinyl siding so as to prolong its lifetime.

Mending small holes

High winds can hurl tiny rocks and other debris at your vinyl siding, tearing small holes into the material. To fix such damage, use exterior caulking that matches the finish of the siding, squirting a substantial blob of the caulking into each hole so as to cover the gaps completely.

If you find it hard to get caulking that matches the exact color of your vinyl siding, improvise by using paintable caulk that you can later paint over with acrylic latex paint. After the caulking has cured, use a razor to scrap off any excess caulk flush around the hole to leave a smooth finish.

For relatively larger holes that are about an inch wide, squirting a generous amount of exterior caulking into the damaged siding may not work, as the filler material may not hold properly. Alternatively, use a siding zip tool to unlock the damaged section off the wall and then seal the hole using a strip of foil tape placed on the back side of the siding.

Next, lock the cladding back in place and fill out the hole with caulking. The foil tape should give the caulking more surface area to stick to, allowing it to cover the hole effectively.

Fixing large holes

Extreme weather can often tear huge holes or cracks that are more than a few inches wide into a piece of vinyl siding, leaving your exterior walls exposed to the elements. Fixing such extensive damage with caulking is often not practical, so the best solution is to use a new piece of vinyl siding to fill the gap.

To do this, take a new piece of matching siding and strip off the nailing using a knife, leaving a portion that is slightly larger than the hole in your damaged siding. Next, place the new piece of siding onto the hole and attach it using constriction adhesive.

For siding repair, contact a company such as Berkeley Exteriors.