The siding on your home serves a few purposes. One, it provides curb appeal value. The first thing everyone notices when driving by a home is the siding color. Second, it protects your home’s exterior. You want to keep your siding looking its best, as it will be how your home is perceived for quite some time. Along the way, you may run into a few instances where you need to perform some minor repair work. Here are a few tips for siding repair in Dallastown, PA.
The most likely issue you will find is small holes or cracks that appear on your siding. These can be caused by several things such as small stones tossed by a mower. Or even a stray baseball from the neighborhood kids at play. Here is a method any homeowner can undertake to repair these minor issues.
Making repairs with caulk
- Purchase a suitable caulk
The first thing you will need is a good quality exterior caulk. Ensure what you purchase is labeled for exterior use as it is designed to stand up to the temperature swings of the changing seasons. You will also want to make sure you find one that can be painted.
- Fill the hole in
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 certain you have completely filled the repair area. Once the area has been filled, take a damp rag and wipe off any excess caulk so the remaining caulk is flush with the surface.
- Final clean up
Allow the caulk to cure for a few days. Next, carefully take a razor blade and scrape off any excess caulk.
- Paint non-colored caulk
If the caulk you purchased is 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. Clean the repair area thoroughly. Take a small brush and paint the repair itself.
Repairing large areas
You may run across times where a much larger repair is necessary. This could include replacing single or multiple pieces of siding. You may also need to cut sections of the siding out. One thing needs to be considered for larger repairs such as this: Is it time to replace your siding? If your siding is older than ten years, you may want to at least consider this.
Whether it’s a siding repair or 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.