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Vinyl siding which has been damaged after a hail storm

Have you ever worried about hail, wind, or a rogue baseball damaging your siding? Even worse, have you experienced it? These cracks and holes may cause future issues and they can create an eyesore. Before you call a contractor for help, try some of these solutions for damaged siding. 

Different Types of Siding

The solution for your damaged siding depends on what you have installed. There are many different types of siding, and there are variations of each kind. You’ll typically find siding made from vinyl, wood composite, or stone veneer on the average home. 

Vinyl 

Vinyl siding is one of the most common materials you’ll find on a home. It’s versatile, low maintenance, and durable with low installation costs. 

Dust and debris are easy to remove with water and you won’t need to worry about having to paint your house exterior. Your siding never needs to be primed or re-painted. 

Composite Wood

Composite wood siding brings a natural feel to your home. It is more rot, insect, and moisture resistant than regular wood siding. It can be extremely durable with proper maintenance. 

It’s important to regularly inspect for any rot, insect, or other damage. Composite wood requires some maintenance but can last many years when properly taken care of. 

Stone Veneer 

Stone veneer is perfect as a lower-cost stone finish for your home. It is typically made from thin, lightweight concrete and is relatively low maintenance. Similar to vinyl siding, you don’t need to worry about maintaining paint or regularly checking for moisture damage. 

Modern siding is focused on long-lasting durability, but your siding can still be damaged by wind, hail, water, or human error. Follow the right steps and you can fix any minor siding damage instead of calling a professional. 

Vinyl siding which has been damaged by someone accidentally hitting it

How to Fix Damaged Siding

There are a variety of ways to fix damaged siding. The solution depends on the type of siding you have and the severity of the damage. Whatever material you have, you can find a way to fix minor damage before it potentially worsens. 

Vinyl 

Your vinyl siding is durable but still susceptible to chips, holes, dents, cracks, and other damage. The right fix depends on how damaged your siding is, but there are solutions for small, medium, and large amounts of damage. 

Small hole repair

Small holes in your siding can be easily fixed with some caulk. No matter the reason for the hole, follow these steps for a quick and inexpensive fix: 

  1. Clean the surrounding area with soap & water (allow 2 hours to dry)
  2. Prepare the caulk gun
  3. Fill the hole with enough caulk 
  4. Let the caulk dry for 24 hours, scrape away any excess material

Patching vinyl siding 

If the damage is too large for caulk, you can patch up the area with some same-coloured siding. This fix isn’t as simple, but follow these steps to restore your siding to normal: 

  1. Clean the surrounding area with soap & water (allow 2 hours to dry)
  2. Use a scrap piece of siding, cut a patch larger than the damaged area
    1. Make sure to include the upper edge of the scrap piece (the nail hole strip)
  3. Place the patch over the hole & ensure the patch fits in the siding curves
  4. If everything fits, apply caulk to the back of the patch & the hole
  5. Apply pressure to ensure the pieces stick together
  6. Clean the area & remove excess caulk after it has dried

Replacing vinyl siding 

Sometimes the damage is too great and you need to replace a siding panel. Follow these steps for a quick and efficient replacement: 

  1. Lift the panel above the damaged section
  2. Use a zip tool horizontally across the panel to separate the connection 
  3. Cut the replacement section to the correct length
  4. Ensure the new piece connects by hooking the bottom edge onto the lower panel
  5. Lift the bottom edge of the upper panel, expose the nailing track, & fasten the new panel in place with nails or screws
    1. Leave enough space for the siding to react to seasonal changes
  6. Secure the bottom of the new panel with the zip tool by sliding it along the new & lower panels to lock them in place

Composite Wood

When composite wood is damaged, it’s best to fix the problem right away. Save yourself the trouble and replace damaged panels with these steps: 

  1. Remove any damaged planks with a flat pry bar 
  2. Measure & cut the new board to the proper dimensions
  3. Prepare the new board to match the colour & look of the existing siding
  4. Nail the new board into place using a hammer & nails
    1. Nails should be near the top of the panel
  5. Seal the panel in place with caulk

Stone Veneer 

Stone veneer is a relatively low maintenance type of siding, but any cracks or damage should be addressed as soon as possible. Follow these steps to patch up any minor damage on your stone veneer siding: 

 Minor cracks

  1. Mix stone putty matching the siding colour
  2. Apply the mixture using a putty knife as smoothly as possible
  3. Wait to dry
  4. Use sandpaper to grind down the hardened putty to match the existing stone 

There is usually a do-it-yourself solution to any minor siding damage on your home, but depending on your situation, it may be better to leave major repairs to the professionals. Your local contractor can provide you with solutions to any damaged siding. 

Call if You Need Help

If you sustain major damage to your siding, don’t lose hope. Your home deserves to look beautiful, and your siding shouldn’t suffer. Contact your local siding professionals and receive a quote. 

Written by Tricia Arsenault

Tricia’s first experience roofing was when she was a teenager, roofing with her dad in small-town Manitoba. Her dad was a farmer but they did construction in their spare time, and she was his right-hand woman. After highschool, Tricia graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in Marketing and International business. She has worked in the travel and finance industry and then returned full circle to the construction industry when she started Guns N Hoses with Keith over 14 years ago. Fun fact: Tricia has traveled all over the world, lived in three different continents and traveled to fifteen different countries.

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