Vinyl Siding Repair and Replacement in Maine

Siding Repair and Replacement in Westbrook Maine

How to Repair Siding

Siding is a good way to protect your home and give it its own unique look. Sometimes, however, siding can become damaged or (depending on the material) break down over time. If this happens and the majority of the siding is still good then sometimes getting a contractor to repair siding in the areas which are damaged can be a smart and inexpensive alternative to total siding replacement. For an example of how easy it can be for a contractor to repair siding, this article will use the most common form of siding used today: vinyl siding.

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The contractor will first go around the house inspecting and making note of any siding which needs to be replaced. Any siding which has cracked or buckled should be replaced, and any noticeable water damage will need to be repaired. Once all of the siding panels needing repair are found, the contractor will give an estimate of how much it should cost.

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First the contractor will have to remove the vinyl siding that has been damaged. With vinyl siding, a special tool called a zip tool needs to be used to disconnect the vinyl planks from each other. The panels are attached tightly on the top and bottom in order to keep their weather proof qualities, and so the tool needs to have a certain curvature in order to unlock the planks without damaging the good ones. Once the damaged panel is detached from the panels above and below it, the nails attaching the top of the panel to the wall above the damaged area should be removed. While doing this the contractor will usually mark where the studs are by using a type of chalk to mark where the nails were hammered.

After the broken portion of the panel has been cut and removed, the contractor will install the replacement panel. When a contractor starts to repair siding, this panel is usually taken from a less conspicuous part of the house rather than placing a new one in the damaged area. The reason that it is common to do this is because vinyl siding tends to fade over time and new siding may not match the old siding properly (a new panel will be put in the less conspicuous area). The new portion of panel is usually cut about three inches longer than the gap that it has to cover in order to allow for a one and a half inch overlap. The nail hem must be shortened to fit into the gap left by the old siding, and then the new siding is slid into place and nailed to the wall. After the new piece of siding is attached, the zip tool is used to reconnect the top of the vinyl panel to the bottom of the panel above it. The previous steps are then repeated to repair siding in any other places it is needed. As long as there isn't too much damage this can be a wonderful alternative to a full siding installation.

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