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How often do you stand back and take a close look at your siding?
If you are regularly cleaning and maintaining your siding, good for you! Siding protects houses from the elements and, when kept in good condition, adds curb appeal and value. Luckily, it’s easy and affordable to repair small holes, cracks and dents in siding yourself.
Now is a good time to get out and make note of your siding’s condition so you’re ready for DIY siding repairs in the spring or summer.
Moisture under the siding increases the risk of rotting wood, infestations of destructive insects, and the cost of replacing siding that is damaged beyond repair.
Knowles Building Centre encourages you to inspect your siding at least once a year; before the repairs get too big or complicated to do yourself.
Be aware of moisture damage
If you find any holes, or warped and separated siding, check for signs of moisture behind the siding, and check the condition of the wood structure. Make sure there is no mould, mildew or rotting wood.
Don’t forget to check around the trim on windows and doors, as well as the fascia and soffits underneath the roof.
The dangers of separating panels
Caulking that becomes brittle or moves away from the panels can expose your home’s walls to insects. It’s best to reapply caulking to a clean and dry surface, but first ensure that the wall underneath is dry.
Extreme temperature fluctuations and dripping water on your siding can also lead to swollen siding boards. In most cases there will also be water underneath the siding, which can damage your home’s framing. Repair any water damage under the siding before replacing the warped or swollen siding.
Do you have uninvited guests?
If you discover an infestation of carpenter ants, termites or other pests, this could be a sign that your siding or the wooden structure is decaying. Carpenter ants, unlike termites, do not eat wood, but rather chew it to make tunnels to burrow in, leaving a tell-tale trail of sawdust. Carpenter ants are attracted to moisture, so you will need to solve any leaking water issues to keep the ants from returning.
First, get estimates from pest control companies and determine how they will eradicate the infestation.
If you have furry guests such as raccoons, squirrels, mice, bats or birds behind your siding or in your soffits or roof, contact a humane animal removal service to make sure they leave safely and can’t get back in.
You can start to repair the damaged wood structure and walls behind the siding once the infestation is taken care of. Now you are ready to replace the wood framing and panels or insulation before installing new siding or making repairs.
Repair a small hole or dent in vinyl siding – Fill small holes or dents and then paint it the same colour.
Materials and tools
It’s best to replace a more extensively damaged panel.
Materials and tools
Vinyl siding corner repair – To repair dented corners on vinyl siding, you can purchase a handy corner repair kit which will cut down the time it would normally take.
Aluminum siding is easy to repair with a patch. If the panel is more extensively damaged, you will need to replace it. To replace damaged corner caps, remove with a pair of pliers, and extract all nails.
Materials and Tools
Use caulking for minor stucco repairs or use a patch and then apply stucco, and paint.
Larger holes in stucco will need a more involved process to repair, with three different coats of stucco, and more time for drying.
If you need more information or have questions, visit Knowles Building Centre. Our team is always ready to help you with what you need. We're here to assist you in any way we can.
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