Vinyl siding looks nice on any home. It's durable, versatile and can mimic the look of wood or shake, and comes in multiple colors to give you the look you're trying to achieve on your home. This type of siding can crack, or get damaged over time, which can make your home look unsightly, or be a home to pests if not taken care of properly. See below for tips on how to repair your vinyl siding, as well as care tips to keep your siding looking like new.
Repairing Vinyl Siding
Here's What You'll Need:
- Spare pieces of vinyl siding
- Clear silicone
- Caulk gun
- Tin snips (or other sharp scissors)
- For smaller holes or cracks, fill them with silicone then smooth with your finger. Allow it to dry, then apply a second coating of silicone to fill the area evenly and smooth it out so it's level with your siding.
- For larger cracks or holes, you'll need to use a spare piece of vinyl siding to work as a patch. Cut the piece so it's at least four inches larger than the hole or crack. Cut it so it includes the lap below.
- Then add caulk around the hole or crack. Apply the piece of siding and smooth it so it fits properly.
- Finally, add silicone around the patch to secure it in place and to prevent any pests from getting in behind the patch. Smooth the silicone with your finger.
Vinyl Siding Care Tips
Vinyl is durable, but over time it can stain, accumulate with mold or mildew, and can crack or become damaged.
- Clean. Be sure to clean your siding to remove mold/mildew using a garden hose or a pressure washer (set on low so you don't damage the siding). You can also use vinyl siding cleaner to remove stains or other spots. Look for vinyl siding cleaner at your local hardware store.
- Inspect. Inspect your siding often for damage that needs to be repaired (use the tips above for repairing holes or cracks). If your siding is damaged, it could be a nice place for pests to hide or make their homes. Make repairs as necessary. Also look for sagging siding pieces - reattach the pieces using siding nails.
Vinyl siding doesn't require much maintenance, but if it is damaged, it should be repaired. If your siding has a lot of damage, you may want to contact a professional siding company to have your siding repaired or replaced.