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Tips & Tricks for Fixing Damaged Siding

Siding is often the first thing people notice when seeing a house for the first time. It can make all the difference in how your home is perceived by others.

Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent accidents from happening. Your siding, like everything else in life, may need to be patched up from time to time. Thankfully, this doesn’t have to be a daunting task.

In fact, if you are the do-it-yourself type, this article will help show you how to repair damaged siding in approximately one hour. Things you will need:

  • Drill
  • Ladder
  • One or more sheets of siding
  • Paint brush and paint that matches the color of the original siding (optional)
  • Pencil
  • Pop rivet gun and rivets
  • Tape measure
  • Utility knife
  • Willing friend or relative (optional)
  • Workbench

Where Do I Start?

First, measure the damaged panel. If you are pressed for time, you can just cover the damaged part and save replacing the entire panel for when you have more time to spare.

Next, use your tape measure to measure the amount of replacement siding needed. Then, place the siding on your work bench and mark off the length needed. Using your utility blade, cut off the hemlock (i.e., the top part). Use your tape measure as a guide if you want to.

Now, take the piece of siding you just cut and slide it over the damaged area. Holding the replacement siding with one hand and drilling holes with the other hand might be easy for some, but others may need an extra pair of hands. If this is the case, ask a relative or friend to help.

Drill one pilot hole for every two inches of length. For example, if you are using one foot of siding, you will need to drill six pilot holes for your rivets. Once the pilot holes have been drilled, use your rivet gun to secure the siding. If you have to use material that doesn’t match the color of the original siding, you may now paint over the new siding and then step back and marvel at your handy work.

Key takeaways:

  • There really is nothing to fear but fear itself. Replacing siding is fairly easy to do and takes very little time.
  • A stitch in time can save nine. Act now. Damaged siding can quickly snowball into bigger, pricier problems (e.g., termite damage, water damage, etc.).

Need Help?

If replacing siding is something you are interested in but are having trouble getting started, be sure to contact us today!

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