How to Repair a Hole in Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is the most popular siding option in the United States because it is one of the most durable and maintainable materials available.

But like all exterior materials, it has the chance of acquiring holes, cracks, or rot.

Luckily, vinyl siding is relatively easy to repair with a few quick fixes.

Small Holes

Hail, harsh winds, and animals can all cause minor holes and cracks in your siding. Even though the damage is minor, it’s in your home’s best interest that you repair it as soon as possible.

Exterior caulk can be used to patch any small holes or cracks.

Apply the caulk until the entire hole is filled. Let it dry, and proceed to sand or cut off the excess caulk. To avoid a mismatch in color, purchase a tinted or paintable caulk.

Medium Holes

Running over a rock with your lawnmower can send it flying straight into the side of your house. Now that you have a two-inch hole in your beautiful vinyl siding, head to the garage and grab your trusty zip tool.

In order to patch the hole, you must remove that section of siding from the house. Apply special foil tape to the underside of the siding and re-attach the siding to the house.

Proceed to apply exterior caulk to the hole on top of the foil tape.

Large Holes

Unfortunately, some holes are too large to fill. If you’re not looking to replace an entire piece of siding, you can patch the damaged area.

Cut around the hole using tin snips in order to create a clean, open section. Next, cut out a patch using a good piece of vinyl, but make sure the piece is bigger than the section that was removed. Finally, install the patch onto the house.

The bigger the piece of vinyl you use, the less noticeable the patch will be.

Even though vinyl is one of the most durable siding materials, it isn’t invincible.

If your home needs multiple siding repairs, it may be best to start from scratch. Whether you need help with the repairs or want to re-side the entire house, trust the experts at Preferred Exterior to get the job done right!

To schedule a free consultation, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.

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