Do you have wood siding on your home that needs some repairs? You may be able to do some of the siding repairs yourself. Wood siding is an excellent way to give a house instant character and charm, and makes it stand out from the crowd. It gives a house a historic look, even if it's brand new, and is often a big selling point for buyers who want that old-fashioned appearance. As with any organic material, though, wood is going to need to be patched, repaired, and even replaced more often than other types of siding like vinyl or metal.
If you're interested in doing some DIY siding repairs on your wood siding, here are three ways to approach it to make sure you do a good job.
1. Remove the Damaged Siding Without Damaging the Rest of the House
First, you've got to get the damaged pieces of siding off of the house without causing more damage in the process. This means the siding must be removed carefully and in a precise way. You'll need a crowbar for this. Place the bar under the damaged piece of siding, and move the bar up and down slowly and carefully to loosen the nails.
It's important do do this slowly and to watch the other pieces of siding around the one you're removing as you're doing it. According to DoItYourself.com, moving too fast with this could damage the other pieces of siding. Once the nails are sufficiently loosened for you to take the siding off with ease, remove it from your house. You can use it as a template for cutting a new piece of siding later.
2. Get New Siding to Match the Old
Take your old siding (or a photo of it) to your nearest home supply store and look for siding to match it. If you're lucky, you'll find what you need right away. The newer your home, the more likely you are to find matching siding in the store.
If the siding you need isn't in the store, ask if it can be custom ordered. Other options for getting matching siding include going to the home builder (again, this only works if the home is relatively new), or searching scrap yards. You may also find the correct siding in online ads and auctions.
If none of these methods produce the siding you need, you can always contact a contractor to see if custom siding can be built to match your house. You may pay a little extra for this service, but it's worth it for a uniform look to your home.
3. Replace the Siding
Using the piece you removed as a guide, cut your new siding to fit the place where it will go. Then, place the newly cut piece under the board above it so it overhangs the board below it, and nail into place.
Be sure to use either the same type of nails that were in the original siding, or just save the nails from when you removed the siding and re-use those, if they are still in good condition.
4. Paint the Siding
Paint is an important part of protecting your siding from the elements. Without it, your wood siding will get damaged again quickly. If your existing siding is painted a certain color, just paint the new piece to match. If it has a natural, un-painted look, apply a sealer to the wood to keep it protected from the elements and in good condition for a long time to come.
With care and a basic knowledge of the use of hand tools, almost anyone can replace a small piece of wood siding. Just follow these steps and be sure to do it carefully, and you will get magnificent results. For larger jobs, it is better to hire a contractor to do the job for you.
Don't wait to repair damaged wood siding. Get your house looking good again by repairing it yourself today, or by calling a contractor to get started on the job.