Repairing Vinyl Siding: 4 Inexpensive Tips Repairing Vinyl Siding: 4 Inexpensive Tips
Vinyl siding is not indestructible, and, when the time comes, repairing vinyl siding yourself can save you money. While it might seem to be a major undertaking at first, repairing vinyl siding doesn’t need to be a big job and it doesn’t need to be expensive. Vinyl siding is extremely resilient in that it requires no cover of paint to cope well with weather conditions and normal wear and tear. It usually retains a good look for many years after installation, but over time certain problems are likely to appear. Catching these early can save a lot of time, effort and money later on, and there are some very straightforward things you can do to maintain vinyl siding yourself. Here are some inexpensive tips on what you can do when your vinyl siding needs attention.
1. Holes in Vinyl Siding
When it comes to holes in vinyl siding, planning ahead is very important. For repair jobs such as this you’re going to need some replacement vinyl siding. It’s a very good idea to buy a bit more than you need when initially installing vinyl siding so that you have some in reserve for when situations like this arise. If you don’t have any spare siding available, it’s going to be necessary to purchase some more. To repair the hold in vinyl siding you first need to decide whether to patch the hole or replace the entire section. This will depend very much on the size of the hole. For very noticeable holes, replacement of an entire section is recommended, but if the hole is very small, you can almost certainly get away with a simple patch.
2. Make Repairs when the Weather is Warm
Wherever possible, undertake repairs outside of the coldest months of the year. When the weather is very cold vinyl siding is likely to become brittle and easy to break. Broken vinyl siding means extra expense, do the repairs when it’s warm if you can.
3. Match Siding Instead of Replacing it All
If you’re repairing the front of the house, think about replacing sections with vinyl siding from the back of the house to achieve a color match. Vinyl siding installed at the same time will have aged in the same way and will provide an exact match, thus avoiding a mismatched front or the necessity to replace the whole lot.
4. Replacing Panels
To replace a damaged panel, first use an appropriate tool to exert pressure on the old panel from behind and release it. Be careful not to pull so hard as to damage other panels when removing the damaged one. Work from the ground up to replace damaged panels with matching ones you’ve kept in reserve or bought especially for the task at hand. Check seals when you’ve finished, making sure that everything fits nicely; this will save time and money later on, as well sealed panels are less likely to become loose or damage.
Remember the golden rule for vinyl siding, which is that buying a little extra when you first install it is a very wise investment. You won’t need to spend money to get your vinyl siding repaired.