Can you patch vinyl siding?
If you walk around your house and discover a hole in your siding, this doesn’t mean you’re going to have to replace every piece of siding on your home. It may just require a quick, simple siding repair. Depending on the size of the hole, you might be able to patch your vinyl siding with just a few dabs of caulk or you might need to create a patch using scrap siding.
Here are two methods to repair vinyl siding.
For a small hole:
- Use a sponge and clean the area with soap and water.
- Fill the hole with caulk that’s the same color as the siding. It should be slightly overfilled so water won’t enter the hole.
- Allow the caulk to dry for 24 hours and then scrape off the excess. You can also paint the caulk if the color doesn’t match your siding.
For a large hole:
- Use soap and water to clean the area.
- Get a scrap piece of siding and cut out a patch that is slightly larger than the hole. Remove the perforated edge from the patch without removing the curved lip. Also cut away the bottom edge.
- Make sure you test the patch to ensure it fits and patch the hole by applying a bead of caulk over the back of the patch. Also apply caulk around the hole, and then place the patch over the hole, pressing it into place to secure it.
- Allow the caulk to dry before cleaning the area around it and scraping away any excess caulk.
While these repairs are simple, if the damage is more extensive, you can reach out to Keystone General Contracting, LLC for any of your professional home repair needs in Shreveport, LA. Give us a call at (318) 300-3660 to schedule a service appointment.
Can you replace siding yourself?
While you can make a simple siding repair with relative ease, replacing all your siding yourself is not recommended unless you have a lot of friends willing to do the work. You also need a certain level of experience working with siding to successfully replace all your home’s siding.
When to repair siding
When you have damaged siding, making the choice between siding repair or replacement will depend on several variables. The type of damage and the area it covers will play a big part. So will cost. A few small holes, for instance, can be patched and might save you money, especially in the short term. But a few small repairs might not be enough and often these are temporary repairs that will need to be fixed over and over. If you find yourself making the same repairs again and again, you’re going to be better off replacing the siding.
Still, whether you make a simple repair or replace the whole thing, you’re better off than not doing anything. Damaged siding is going to create serious problems in time. You’re going to risk allowing air, water, dirt, or pests inside your home. At the very least, you’ll end up spending more on energy bills because of diminished insulation. But you are also at risk of problems like rot as well as mold growth developing that’s going to cost you money in expensive repairs later on.
Siding repair on chimney
Some home builders use siding—often fiberboard or wood—instead of brick for chimneys. While this is less expensive and often more attractive, it can lead to problems like rotting, deterioration, or swelling—and that leads to water getting inside the house. To prevent problems like this from occurring, it’s good to have your roof inspected yearly to check for damage and make repairs before they become serious. You should also caulk the siding’s corners and make sure you have a good coat of paint on it to prevent water absorption and penetration. Paint and caulk will help keep the siding from rotting.
Siding repair for manufactured home
It’s very important to choose the right siding for your manufactured home, but it’s just as important to keep it in good repair. Other than protecting the inside of your home from water, air, and even pests, repairing or replacing your home’s siding will improve its attractiveness and curb appeal. If your manufactured home’s siding is damaged and you want experts for help with repair, count on the professionals at Keystone General Contracting, LLC.
Does new siding increase home value?
If you are looking to sell your home, one of the best ways of improving its value is to put in new siding. It adds to your home’s curb appeal and attractiveness as well as energy efficiency, another selling point.
Does homeowners insurance cover siding replacement?
As with any other damage to your home, your homeowner’s insurance covers siding repair when the damage is caused by a covered peril such as hail or tornadic winds. The coverage is usually limited to the side of the home that was damaged. Your whole home will not be repaired unless the damage occurred all over.
Who can repair siding?
When your siding has been damaged and you need reliable siding repair in Shreveport, LA, you can always count on the professionals at Keystone General Contracting, LLC. We offer a full range of affordable home repair solutions. Find out how we can help you by calling (318) 300-3660.