How Do You Fix Siding?

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Information About Home Siding

In a residential home, you are protected from outside elements not only with your roof but with your home siding as well! Your home siding is valuable in keeping away strong winds as well as rain and when there are damages inflicted on it you can expect that it too will need professional repairs as soon as possible. When your siding is damaged be sure to benefit from the professional services of local siding contractors with siding repair in Shreveport, LA! Here is some helpful information regarding home siding that may assist you in your next siding project installation or repair!

What is the cheapest siding for a house?

The cheapest home siding is considered to be either vinyl or aluminum depending on the manufacturer, model,  market, materials, season and availability. Vinyl and aluminum can come in many different models and styles and can range in price starting from $4 per square foot.

Can siding be painted?

Home siding can be painted depending on the material yet applying paint to certain materials such as vinyl will actually improve the durability. As home siding doesn’t retain the moisture it’ll be fairly easy to clean and will dry quickly.

Siding vs Painting

In the home siding vs painting debate, you can expect a larger investment in siding material than with paint. Paint typically runs between $1-$3 per square foot while say vinyl siding can cost $3-$8 per square foot.

View of Clapboard Siding of Home

What kind of siding is best for my house?

What would be considered the best home siding may not be the best for others. Each siding behaves differently and depending on the region where you live you may require specific home siding characteristics over others. Ultimately what may assist you in making your decision is to consider the durability of the material, costs, energy efficiency, maintenance, protection against inclement weather and aesthetics.

Siding Options

  • Engineered Wood
  • Metal
  • Stone
  • Vinyl
  • Stucco
  • Fiber-cement
  • Glass

How much does it cost to fix siding on a house?

The cost of home siding will vary depending on such factors as siding materials, the size of the house, the region of installation services, contractor prices and more. On average you can expect the range to fall between $297-$1,052.

How do you fix gaps in vinyl siding?

Gaps in vinyl siding tend to occur from impacts of inclement weather, insects, wear from the sun and other factors. No matter the case, a hole in your siding can prove detrimental to your overall home’s systems. You can invite water damages from rain, mildew, wood rot, bug infestations and more which can cost greatly if left to progress over time. When you see there are gaps in your vinyl siding take action as soon as you can with some simple DIY tasks. Although a caulking gun may be your first thought, hold off on it this time around if the holes are more than ¼ inch thick as this won’t properly solve the problem. As of such, simply getting a new piece of siding may or may not match the surrounding siding so if possible try sliding the panels together. Your first step to making this happen is to make a trip to the hardware store and purchase a zip tool. After this is secured, it’s time to unlock the overlapping materials. (Steps can be found on the back of the zip tool packaging that can be helpful in this step.) You’ll free the pieces on each side of the gap and then slide them back together until they overlap slightly. Make sure not to cause another hole on the opposite ends of those panels by sliding them in too far. Lastly, you’ll secure the siding by driving a nail through the right side of the flange and on the end of the left-hand panel. Be sure not to drive the nail in too deeply as vinyl tends to contract and expand throughout the year with temperature changes.

When should you replace siding?

Similar to signs of needing electrical services, home siding can prove to show as either fairly obvious or hidden when damaged depending on the case. That’s why it’s important to have a roof or home inspection done with your home after particularly bad inclement weather has come around as that is when damages are most likely to occur. Pay particular attention to home siding near windows as this can be an area of particular sensitivity. As of such, some signs that it may be time to replace your home siding involve the following. Some signs are particularly easy to catch such as pealing, cracks or chipping while others like dry rot occur beneath the top layers of the surface. Yet both of these cases are clear indications that a home siding replacement job is necessary. It’s important to have a visual and tactile inspection done when you suspect rotting as sometimes you’ll see warped areas or feel a softness when touched. A particular visual clue can be seen near the seams of the siding as this is where mold and mildew are likely to grow.

When you need help with your home siding in Shreveport, LA call (318) 300-3660 with Keystone General Contracting, LLC!