High winds, brutal cold, hot sun, age, errant baseballs and a host of other things can cause vinyl siding damage.
Weather, insects, squirrels and birds can damage wood siding.
Repairing sidings can be a challenging DIY home project, but if you’ve got good skills and experience along with the right tools, it might be worth trying. It’s not likely you’ll make it worse, and you can still call a professional if you need to. This guide to repairing siding on your home will help you decide if this is a job you want to try or if you’d prefer to call a siding contractor or home remodeler to handle the work.
Siding repairs are included as part of our guide, “Spring and Summer Home Maintenance and Repair Checklist“, so take a look for more helpful hints.
The tips you’ll find below show the scope of this home improvement job including what issues you’ll run into while trying it. We include the cost of siding repair from a DIY perspective and hiring a contractor and suggest ways to save money. The final section includes resources from around the web including helpful videos and comprehensive instructions for how to repair vinyl, wood or aluminum siding. It’s important to know whether you should repair or replace your siding before you start.
Whether you’re doing the work or hiring a pro, these tips provide an overview of the work.
How much does it cost to replace vinyl siding? We’ll cover the costs here whether you are doing the work yourself or plan to hire a contractor.
DIY Siding Replacement: Depending on the quality and size of the siding, replacement pieces 10 to 12 feet long will cost $9 to $15 for most grades. Here are other costs. You’ll notice a wide price range in tools because they come in several grades up to professional.
Professional Siding Replacement: Expect estimates of $.80 to $1.25 per square foot just for the labor. Most siding contractors will also have a minimum service fee of $100 or more. It’s often well over $150.
Saving Money on Siding Replacement
On DIY jobs, borrow the tools you don’t have and enlist a friend to help, if possible. When hiring a professional siding contractor or handyman for the job, get at least three estimates and let the contractors know that they are competing for the work. The process allows you to learn about the experience of the contractors too, so you’ll have confidence in the one you select.
Want more information about vinyl siding replacement? Here are a few sites, including videos that will help.
Home Appeal Ohio – This contractor provides step-by-step instructions for replacing vinyl siding
Kautsch – Here’s an 18-minute video from a hardware store on how to install (repair) vinyl siding on a gable end of a home.
Just Wood and Nails – This site includes a supplies list and installation notes for installing vinyl siding.