Can siding be repaired?

siding along a home

How many years does siding last?

Most homes are either brick or wood covered with vinyl siding.  Vinyl siding hit the public market in the 1960s and took off like any manufacturer could wish. No more painting!  That was the big selling point and homeowners took it to be gospel, then they started realizing it can be damage, so there came the need for siding repair

So, no it was not the perfect product, but it still makes a home look good, and it is truthful, it never needs painting. What was a homeowner to do about getting siding repair with holes though? That is what we are going to discuss today by answering a few common questions. 

There are many types of siding to choose from, some more expensive than others and each having their own benefits and features. Because this is a costly and large project, you want to choose the right one for your budget and your home. The following are the different types of siding available, and information about possible siding repair, maintenance, and more. 

Vinyl: The most popular of all sidings because it has several advantages and is the least expensive. It is bug, mold, and temperature resistant, another advantage that attracts homeowners. Typically, the only maintenance other than cleaning with soft power wash are possible siding repairs after a storm. 

  • Vinyl siding will fade over time and because it can’t be painted, after 20 years, you will find yourself getting siding repair estimates to replace the existing. It isn’t a functional issue, but if the cosmetics to your home are essential to you, this may not be the siding product for you.
  • Fiber Cement: A durable and low maintenance siding that is affordable, commonly known as James Hardie, an actual brand name. Resistant to fungus, insects, mold, and UV rays. Sturdy weather-related forces because of its concrete type of material. While fiber cement siding is durable and offers long lifespan, painting and siding repairs are sometimes needed. 
  • Steel: A common siding for commercial structures, but the durability and strength are suitable for residential properties too, giving it a unique style. Minimal maintenance and seldom any siding repairs are needed. A competitive price seals the deal and a long lifespan. 
  • Stone Veneer: Commonly used in sections of a home for accent points due to the cost. A durable, strong product with a long lifespan up to 75 years. Gives a home the touch of elegance and uniqueness

When should you replace siding?

When you’re noticing any of the following, it is time for either siding repair or replacement, most likely, chances are it has reached its lifespan and replacement will be the best option:

  • Siding has started warping
  • Cooling and heating your home isn’t as efficient as it was six months to a year earlier
  • Cracks, holes, other damage that siding repair can’t fix
  • Fungus, mildew, or mold has started growing on the siding and won’t wash off

How do you fix sagging siding?

Vinyl siding contracts and expands, causing it to sag it has not been installed properly. A few nails here and there to fix it isn’t possible either. Here are the steps required to correctly do proper siding repair for sagging: 

  • Step 1: If the sagging is due to rotten wood underneath it, you have a bigger problem than just sagging siding. You’ll need to replace the rotten wood and then move forward  with the following steps. 
  • Step 2: Vinyl siding is installed from bottom to top, so you’ll need to remove it in the opposite direction. There are slotted holes on each panel’s top with nails every 16 to 18 inches apart. The top piece will be installed inside the J-channel or soffit and will require a claw hammer to remove it. Keep removing row by row until you have reached to the piece that needs repair. 
  • Step 3:  Once any rotten wood is repaired, nail the loose sagging portion with a nail spaced every 16 to 18 inches apart. Stop the nail at one-eighth from the wall to allow the siding to contract and expand. After the sagging siding repair is complete, return all the panels above it up to the top, leaving 1/4 inch space at each panel end so that it can flex side to side. 
  • Step 4: as you replace each row, make sure it is securely snapped into the lower row, using a level to make sure they are all straight. Each section should be overlapped with the top notched to show the amount to overlap. The seams should be staggered. 
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Why is my siding coming off?

The four primary causes for vinyl siding coming off are:: 

  • Weather – Dents by hail, strong winds, water damage from rain entering cracks or unsealed joints and seams. 
  • Installation – Regardless, the quality of vinyl siding, if it isn’t installed correctly, the least bit of wind can rip it off. 
  • Underlining – If the contractor that quoted you siding repair and installation is the one that did the installation, check that the quote included paper wrap, metal sheeting or paper seams to be installed under the siding. If not, there is our problem. 
  • Age – If your vinyl siding is 30 years or older, it is simply time to replace it. 

What   if you don’t replace siding?

If the time has come to replace the vinyl siding on your home, your home becomes an eyesore for the neighborhood and could become an HOA issue. Your home will look unappealing and unkempt. The biggest issue, your home will lose value. Need help with your home siding in Kingwood, TX? Call (832) 766-9994 today.