Siding comes in many different materials, shapes, and colors. With this variation comes differing kinds of damage that they may encounter. With this guide, you will learn how to repair your siding regardless of the kind of material it is made of.

Distortion and deformation-related problems

Buckling, splitting, warping, delaminating, and loosening of a sideboard can all occur especially when siding is made of wooden material. Snow and moisture can cause all of these things, and the exposed sides can harbor mold. Defective installation and tears can let in moisture. The solution usually involves the replacement of the damaged or incorrectly-placed pieces.

During siding replacement, the damaged panels are wiggled off using basic tools. Then, a replacement panel that matches the siding will be installed. Cut the replacement panel to fit the size of the siding you would replace. Place a rain screen over the new siding and the other intact ones to protect them from the elements.

When damaged siding has been left unaddressed, rot and more extensive damage may occur. In this case, it’s not only the siding that may need replacement. The paper, insulation, and sheathing may also need to be overhauled. When doors and windows are involved, you will have to bring a professional in to fix these materials as the doors and windows would make the process significantly more difficult.

Sealing-related problems

Sealing is used to protect the inner part of the siding against moisture infiltration and damage. However, seals can crack or break over time, which is why you should inspect your sealing regularly. Make sure that you replace or re-caulk the seal when needed.

Painting-related problems

Painting the siding exterior is not only done to make it look beautiful. Paint is also used to protect the siding from excessive moisture and sunlight. The best way to deal with paint-related problems is to do it right the first time around. Pay attention to diligence and detail. This also applies when repainting faded siding surfaces.


Untreated siding planks are prone to rot and termites as well as other borers. Putting screws in the wrong places can also leave holes where moisture and debris can enter. Thus, you will have to fill up the holes with putty that matches the color of your siding. After the putty hardens, smoothen it out. If you suspect that pests are responsible for the holes, you will need to call a pest control service.

Vinyl siding problems

Just like any other material, vinyl expands and contracts in response to temperature changes. When your nails are too tight, the edges of the siding can get damaged because the vinyl would force itself to crack when it adjusts to heat or cold. You will have to reinstall the siding when this problem occurs. Use a zip tool to pry the damaged vinyl and the claw of a hammer to remove the tight nails. Then, replace the cracked vinyl siding with a new one.

Aluminum siding problems

In contrast with wooden and vinyl siding which commonly experiences holes and cracks, dents are the most common threats to aluminum siding. Hail, storm debris, and deliberate stoning can cause these depressions.  

Heavily-dented aluminum siding would need to be removed and replaced with panels that fit, which means that a professional contractor would have to do it. But if the damage only involves one or two slats, you can cut and replace them yourself. The challenge, however, involves looking for an aluminum siding that precisely matches the rest of your exterior. HCS Restoration provides siding repair & restoration services in Kansas, get in touch with us today to see how we can help.


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