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Eventually, just about every part of your house will need some TLC. When it comes to your siding, that’s often in the form of siding repairs. Even if you keep up with proper care and maintenance, your siding will start to fade, crack, or otherwise fail. When that happens, you can trust Siding Express for all your siding repair needs. 

If you’d like to learn more about how we can give your siding a refresh, we’d be happy to chat with you. Please don’t hesitate to call us at 636-757-3925 or contact us online.

Most Common Causes of Damage That Result in the Need for Siding Repair Services

When we work with local homeowners to repair their exteriors, we’ve noticed there are a few common factors that lead to siding damage. Let’s take a closer look at these likely causes. 

Poor Installation

Did you know that the contractor you hire for your siding installation will make all the difference in whether you need repairs down the road? If your siding wasn’t installed correctly initially, it’s far more likely to develop issues in the following years. 

Unfortunately, if you didn’t move into your house until after the siding was installed, you might not have any idea it was done poorly until issues start to arise. 

Improper Maintenance

Just like anything else in life, the less you take care of your siding, the more likely it is to eventually develop issues. While many siding materials are considered low maintenance, you can’t completely neglect your siding and expect it to be fine. 

Without regular cleanings and inspections, it’s only a matter of time before you start to notice signs of damage. 

Pests

Here in Missouri, we are no strangers to pests like termites, woodpeckers, and carpenter ants. These animals commonly damage different types of siding, creating holes in your exterior. This is not only an eyesore, but it can lead to bigger issues down the line. 

Eventually, water can make its way into these holes, leading to serious moisture damage that can affect your home’s structural integrity. 

Moisture 

Speaking of moisture, it’s another common culprit behind siding damage in our area. While most siding materials are designed to keep moisture out, they’re not always successful. If you have wood siding, your home is particularly susceptible to wood rot. 

However, even other types of siding will start to warp or buckle after too much exposure to moisture. 

Roof Issues

If you think that your roof and your siding are two completely unrelated elements of your exterior, think again. The quality of your roof can have a direct impact on the quality of your siding, which is why it’s important to keep up with regular roof inspections and maintenance. 

For example, if your shingles start to fail, moisture can get beneath them and eventually work its way down to your siding. If left unrepaired, this can cause water damage to your interior walls. 

Weather

One of the many reasons to love Missouri is that we get to experience all four seasons. Unfortunately, these weather extremes can take a toll on your home. Strong winds, ice, rain, and hail can all lead to damage to your siding. 

After a strong storm, it’s a good idea to contact a siding contractor like Siding Express so we can do an inspection and check for damage. 

UV Exposure

While many siding materials are resistant to fading, over time, prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation will take a toll on your exterior. If it’s been more than 15 years since your siding was originally installed, it’s not uncommon to notice spots that are faded or discolored from the sun, leading to the need for repairs.

Siding repair tips for vinyl sidingHow to Repair Vinyl Siding

Vinyl is one of the most popular siding choices in our area, so we have plenty of experience repairing this material. If you have damaged vinyl siding, here’s what we’ll do to repair it. 

Assess the Damage

We’ll start by inspecting your vinyl siding to see the extent of the damage so we can develop an appropriate repair plan. We’ll use this time to look for holes, cracks, and loose sections of the siding. 

Remove the Damaged Section

If parts of your vinyl siding are broken or cracked, we’ll start by gently removing the panel from the exterior of your home. We’ll use the right tools so we can remove the damaged siding carefully, without causing further damage to the surrounding panels. 

Prep the Replacement Panel

If it’s necessary to replace the damaged panel with a new one, we’ll prepare the replacement by measuring and cutting it to fit in the space. We are almost always able to match the replacement panel to your existing siding, so the repaired area will seamlessly fit in with the rest of your exterior. 

Install the Replacement Panel

Once we’ve prepared the replacement panel, we’ll slide it into the bottom edge of the siding channel and secure it into place. We’ll take extra care to ensure it properly aligns with the other nearby panels for a seamless look. 

If the replacement panel doesn’t fit perfectly, we can trim it as necessary. Once the fit looks right, we’ll caulk along the edges of the replacement panel so it stays secure for the long term. 

Reattach Any Loose Sections

During our inspection, we might have noticed areas of your siding that are still intact, but becoming loose. In most cases, we can reattach these loose panels instead of installing new ones. 

To do this, we’ll either apply caulk to the back of the loose panel to secure it in place or we’ll use nails or screws to reattach it. Either way, it will look as good as new!

Final Inspection and Touch-Ups

After we finish the repairs, we’ll do a final inspection of the areas we fixed. If necessary, we’ll apply additional caulk or apply paint touch-ups to ensure your siding looks as close to perfect as possible. 

Siding repair tips for fiber cement siding

How to Repair Fiber Cement Siding

Fiber cement siding is also very common in our area, so we’re well-skilled in these repairs as well. Whether you have James Hardie siding or a different brand of fiber cement, we are happy to come out to your home and make the necessary repairs. 

Remove the Damaged Boards

To take off fiber cement siding boards, we’ll remove the nails, which are located underneath the overlapping siding above it. As we remove the affected boards, we’ll be careful not to cause additional damage in the process. 

Replace the Damaged Boards

After removing the damaged boards, we’ll check to see if there are any signs of damage underneath it. If there is, we’ll make the necessary repairs before cutting new boards to size and installing them. 

To do this, we’ll slide the new boards into place underneath the overlapping row of siding. We’ll then nail it into place and add caulk to any gaps for a seamless fit. 

Repair Holes in the Siding

If there are small holes in your fiber cement siding, we can usually repair those as well. To do so, we’ll mix a special putty, form it, and then spread it to match the contours of the board. Once the patch dries, we’ll sand and paint it so it blends in with the rest of your siding. 

Repair Loose Siding

When your fiber cement siding comes loose, this is also something that we can repair. To do this, we’ll nail the boards back into place, making sure to hit a stud so the board won’t come loose again in the future. If there’s no stud, then we can nail the board from the bottom for a nice, clean look. 

Fill in Gaps

Another common fiber cement siding repair is filling in gaps that form when the material expands and contracts. In most cases, we can repair these gaps by filling them with caulk. If the gaps are too big, then we can remove and replace the affected boards instead.

Why Choose Siding Express?

When you need siding repair services, don’t risk working with an inexperienced contractor. Instead, trust the experts at Siding Express to efficiently complete the repairs so you don’t have to worry about further damage to your exterior. 

We have the skills and training to fix different types of siding to help extend its lifespan for as long as possible. 

Schedule Your Siding Repair Project

If you wait too long to repair your siding, it’s only a matter of time before more serious issues develop. Help prevent this by setting up your siding repair project as soon as possible. To get started, please call 636-757-3925 or contact us online to set up a free consultation. 

Siding Repair FAQs

How long will it take to complete my siding repairs?

The amount of time it will take depends on the extent of the damage, but in most cases, we can complete your repairs in a matter of a few days. 

Can I do siding repairs myself?

Unless you’re very handy, we recommend hiring a professional for your siding repairs. Mistakes in the repair process can lead to serious issues, which will cost you more time and money down the road.

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