When it comes to the exterior of your home, one of the most important components is the siding. Siding serves many purposes. First and foremost, it protects your home’s exterior. Secondly, it provides curb appeal, which plays a key role in your home’s resale value. For both reasons, you need to do a walk-around inspection of your siding from time to time. During these inspections, you may discover areas that could use a little attention and repair work. Here are a few helpful tips for Adams County Siding Repair.
Small holes or cracks
One common repair need in siding are small holes or cracks. There are numerous reasons these may occur. Small stones kicked up from a lawnmower while mowing is a frequent cause. You may even find stray baseballs from a neighborhood game of baseball causes a small crack. Don’t fret, though. These are often easily fixed. What follows is a quick and easy method of repair.
Making repairs with caulk
The first thing you will need is a good quality exterior caulk. Make certain that what you purchase is labeled for exterior use as it is designed to withstand temperature swings that occur as seasons change. Check to make sure the caulk you purchase can be painted as well.
Using a caulk gun, push the tip into the hole or crack you are filling. Squeezing the handle, dispense caulk from the caulk gun into the hole. Fill the hole or crack until caulk begins to seep out of the damaged area. This is important as you want to be sure you have filled the repair area. Once the area has been filled, take a damp cloth and wipe off all of the excess caulk so that the remaining caulk is flush with the surface.
Now you have to wait until the caulk to cure. Usually this takes a few days. Once cured, carefully take a razor blade and scrape off any excess caulk.
If you were lucky enough to find a caulk that was close to the color of your siding, you are all set. If not, take a small sample piece of your siding to a hardware store. They can match the color for you. Wipe down and clean the repair area thoroughly. Take a small brush and paint the repair itself.
Repairing large areas
Following the method above, you will easily meet any MINOR repair needs. You may encounter damage where a much more extensive repair is necessary, including replacing entire sections of siding. This type of repair can be challenging as you will need to match your existing siding. For this reason and the time required to making a large repair, you may want to contact a professional local siding contractor.
Maybe siding repair of any kind is not something you care to tackle. Perhaps it’s time to give your home a facelift and do a whole-house siding replacement. Give Bealing Roofing and Exteriors a call. We have the experience to make any repair you need and get your siding looking brand new.