Siding, sometimes wall cladding, is a protective material that is attached to the outside walls of a house. In addition to protecting your home from the elements, it also helps keep your home looking good. But over time, the siding can be damaged due to weather and age which will mean that it needs to be repaired or replaced.
In many cases, it will be possible to repair the siding to get it looking as good as new. But, depending on the type of siding that you have and how damaged it is, siding replacement might be a better option. There are a number of different types of siding available including vinyl, wood, asbestos, and aluminum, and the choice of siding services (either repair or replacement) will vary depending on what siding has been used.
Cedar Shingles and Wood Siding
The two primary types of damage that happen with cedar shingles and wood siding are gouges in the wood and rot. Gouges are marks in the wood that can be caused by a variety of factors such as a hail storm, a pressure washer, and other impacts. If your siding has gouges, these can usually be repaired by sanding the siding down, filling deeper gouges with exterior spackle and then priming and painting.
If your siding has been damaged by long-term moisture collection over the years, then the rows that are rotting will need to be replaced. This is more common where the siding comes into contact with the concrete of the foundation or basement, or if there are areas where water collection due to improper drainage. Note that not all the siding will need to be replaced if the rot is not widespread, for localized rotting it is often possible to just replace the affected boards. If you want to replace the rows with a different type of siding material, it is often better to replace all of the siding so that the house looks uniform and neat.
Vinyl siding is an affordable, neat and aesthetically pleasing alternative to wood siding. It’s low maintenance and doesn’t need to be painted. The only real downside of vinyl siding is that it cracks reasonably easily under pressure and can’t be repaired. In the case of vinyl siding, repair isn’t an option, and the affected rows will need to be replaced.
If the damage is localized and the rest of the vinyl siding still looks good, siding replacement is quick and easy. Only the boards that are damaged need to be replaced, and this is done by unhooking them from the points where they snap in and replacing them with new boards.
Asbestos “Slate” Siding
Siding that appears to be made from slate is most likely asbestos siding and is a hardwearing, durable solution. If you have asbestos siding that is damaged or crumbling, it will need to be replaced by a professional roofing contractor.
Similar to vinyl siding, if there are cracks or broken rows, these will need to be replaced which can be done quite easily. Aluminum siding can be repaired if there are small holes, as the holes can be filled with exterior caulk that is color-matched to the siding.
In most cases the siding repair cost will be lower than replacing the siding, making it a better option. And even in cases where replacement is necessary, usually, only the affected boards will need to be replaced, not the entire home’s siding. If you have damaged sidings, get in touch with , they are professional roofing contractors in Raleigh, NC offering a full range of siding services.