If you don’t know how to repair vinyl siding, be prepared to spend some money. While a professional will do the best repair possible, he or she won’t do so for free. Whether it’s a small hole or a lot of wind damage, using professionals means you need to pay for it. In the case of fixing your vinyl siding, it may seem a little disproportionate to spend perhaps hundreds of dollars to fix a small hole, regardless of how well it’s done.
But, if you’re a do-it-yourselfer, or just have the inclination to try, there’s a good chance you can complete a vinyl siding repair that’s almost as good as what a professional would do, but for a fraction of the cost. Indeed, if you have all the right tools and a piece of spare vinyl siding to use as a replacement for the damaged section, you can make the repair for no out-of-pocket expense.
The First, Most Crucial Step in Vinyl Siding Repair
There’s one aspect of vinyl siding repair projects that even the most skilled repair person will not be able to overcome. Most siding repairs involve replacing the damaged section of the siding with a replacement section. Matching the colour of your siding is very difficult if you don’t have a spare section of the same colour to use for the repair. And even if you do, it still may be difficult to colour-match due to the weathering that the installed siding would have experienced since it was installed. Lighter coloured vinyl tends to get duller and darker over time and darker vinyl gets duller and lighter.
If you don’t have a spare section of replacement vinyl, your problem may be worse. Now not only will you have to match the weathered colour of the installed siding, you will have to find the same colour and style of siding. If your siding is older, there’s a good chance it’s no longer being manufactured.
What if You Don’t Have a Colour-Match for Your Replacement Siding?
If your siding needs repair in a very visible section of your home, not having the right colour match can make your home look patched or unfinished. Fortunately, there is a workaround you can use to get an exact match for your siding’s color. Find a less conspicuous spot on your home where the same siding is installed, you can take a section form there to use for your repair. Of course you will have to replace the section you use, but colour matching won’t be as critical in the less visible spot.
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