How to Fix Cracked Cedar Siding

Cedar siding is popular due to its natural look and the advantages it provides to protecting house walls. However, in time it may require maintenance and repairs. One common problem with cedar is cracking. This happens as a result of either constant expansions and contractions due to temperature changes. If there is a lack of appropriate spacing between the siding, then the cedar may end up cracking. The following steps will help you to fix the cracked cedar siding.

Tools and materials needed

  • Wood putty
  • Putty knife
  • Chisel
  • Mallet
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Saw
  • Sandpaper

Step 1 - Inspect the Siding

Start off by inspecting carefully the siding. Some cracks may be fixed easily, whereas others may need more elaborate repairing.

Step 2 - Apply Wood Putty

In cases of small cracks, you can apply some wood putty of a similar color over the crack. Use a putty knife and apply it liberally. Allow the putty enough time to dry according to the manufacturer recommendations.

Step 3 - Sand

Once the wood putty has dried, use sandpaper to sand the area to make it smoother and neater.

Step 4 - Alternative Method

In the case of a large crack, applying wood putty will not suffice. The best solution is to use a chisel and mallet to strike the cedar's damaged area so it until it comes loose. You will need to remove the piece of siding and replace it with a new piece of cedar siding by cutting it in the shape of the old piece as accurately as possible. Fasten it with nails as neatly as possible.