Vinyl siding is a very good choice when choosing siding for your home. It's versatile and durable and comes in a wide variety of styles and colors. Although vinyl is durable, it is still prone to getting damaged from weather and other hard objects hitting your siding. Vinyl can crack and tear over time, but the best news is that it can be repaired. See below for instructions on how to repair holes in your vinyl siding.
Tools For The Job:
- Extra vinyl siding
- Caulk (exterior) and caulk gun
- Utility knife
- Metal shears
- Paint (to match your siding)
Smaller holes need to be repaired differently than larger holes. For smaller holes, cracks, or tears:
- Fill in the hole using silicone.
- Smooth out the silicone with your finger or a putty knife, then allow it to dry thoroughly.
- Paint over the silicone with exterior paint to match your siding.
For larger holes:
- Take an extra piece of vinyl siding that you may have leftover and cut a square piece using metal shears, cut big enough to cover two laps of your siding.
- Caulk around the hole where you will be placing the extra piece of vinyl, then place the patch over the hole, pressing it firmly into the caulk. Hold it in place to allow time for the caulk to adhere to the patch.
- Once dry, use silicone all around the patch to help hold the patch in place, then smooth out the silicone and paint around it when it's dry.
If you don't have extra vinyl to match your siding, you can use any color siding and paint over it using exterior paint to match with your siding.
Repairing your siding is fairly simple to do and can be done all by yourself. If your siding is in bad shape or has too many holes, you may want to think about hiring a contractor to have new vinyl siding installed for you. If your siding is stained from mold and mildew even after trying to clean it, you may want to invest in new siding for your home as well. You can try to clean your siding using vinyl siding cleaner and a long-handled soft bristle brush or use a pressure washer and work your way from the top of your house to the bottom. Be sure to get the soffit and fascia as well as your gutters.
For more information, contact local professionals like Superior Products.