Although a lot of people don’t realize it, siding is your home’s first line of defense against external threats. Whether it’s seasonal weather, moisture, or high winds, your siding is often the only barrier between that and your home’s structure. Vinyl siding is especially good for this since it’s naturally durable and can be designed to fit any aesthetic you want your home to have.
Although vinyl siding is notoriously durable and virtually maintenance-free, it’s not impervious to damage. Every once in a while, a hole may form in the siding. There are multiple factors that contribute to this happening, which could include simple aging, pests, prolonged exposure to harsh weather conditions, and more. When these holes form, the siding on your home is no longer able to provide as much protection as before.
Therefore, it stands to reason that you’d want to get any and all holes in your vinyl siding fixed as soon as possible. However, if you’ve never done so before, then you probably don’t know how to repair holes in vinyl siding. Fortunately, the process isn’t too difficult, and you don’t have to be an expert to learn how to patch a hole in vinyl siding yourself.
The first thing you should know is that there are a few different methods you could use to go about this. There isn’t one universal correct way to repair vinyl siding when holes and cracks form. The method you choose depends on the size and type of hole, your supplies, and what you feel most confident you could do successfully.
The first method is easy, but it requires you to have access to spare pieces of vinyl siding that aren’t yet in use. If you don’t have any laying around, you could try going to your local hardware store and seeing if they have any that match.
All you have to do is remove the piece that needs to be replaced and pry up the nails holding it. Use that as a guide to cut the new siding and reuse the nails when attaching the new piece.
If you don’t have access to excess vinyl for the first method, then you’ll need another idea for how to repair holes in vinyl siding. Fortunately, the second method should work for you. To start with, you’re going to need something called a patch kit, also sometimes referred to as a repair kit.
These kits will often include paintable (or sometimes tinted) caulk and/or literal vinyl patches, as well as the tools you need for application. If you use caulk, then all you have to do is fill the hole so that it’s slightly overflowing, use a scraper to scrape off the excess, then wait for it to dry and paint over it so the color matches. It’s recommended that you do this on a day with relatively clear weather, as bad weather may interfere with the drying process.
If you use patches instead of caulk, simply cut them so that they’re larger than the hole by a few centimeters and apply them via the instructions they come with. Typically the application process will be similar to that of wallpaper or a cell phone screen protector. Use latex paint to match the color to the rest of the vinyl. It will usually take three coats to cover it completely.
While learning how to repair holes in vinyl siding isn’t too difficult of a process (compared to other kinds of home repair), it can still be time-consuming. Not everyone has the time or effort to spare, which is understandable. If you’re one of these people, but your vinyl has a hole, then you may want to call in an expert to fix it for you, like the experts at Volpe Enterprises.