Purchasing brand new siding for your home can be an expensive endeavor. Therefore, sometimes, when individual sections of siding become damaged, homeowners find that it is more effective to repair those areas, rather than invest in entirely new siding for their entire homes. Different sorts of siding, though, need to be repaired using different techniques. In this guide, you will learn about adequately repairing aluminum and hardboard siding.
How to fix aluminum siding issues
Scratches and corrosion – Aluminum siding is fairly susceptible to scratches and corrosion. Fortunately, as long as the panel itself has not been damaged, these issues can be fixed. All you need to do is sand the affected area, use a high-quality metal primer, and finally, paint the section with acrylic latex paint that matches the rest of your siding.
Dents – Dents, like scratches, frequently affect aluminum siding. These can be the result of hail storms, falling tree limbs and branches, and other similar types of debris. If you’ve ever attempted to pull a dent out of a car door or bumper, the process you’ll go through to fix your aluminum siding is similar.
First, you should use a ⅛-inch drill bit to drill a hole in the center of the damaged piece of siding. Then, place a washer on a 1-inch self-tapping screw and secure it in the hole you’ve already drilled. Pull towards you on the washer until the dent pops out. Once the area is once again flush with the rest of the siding board, fill the drilled hole with aluminum filler, sand the area if needed, and paint it to match.
How to fix hardboard siding issues
Moisture retention – Any wood-based siding, like hardboard or plywood, is likely to sustain water damage at some point. If you notice moisture retention has caused any sections of your siding to deteriorate, the first thing you need to do is make sure the area has not rotted to the point that it needs to be replaced. If it is salvageable, fill it with a patching compound that is rated for exterior use. Once the compound has dried completely, sand the area and paint it to match your home,
Staining – It is possible for hardboard and plywood siding to become stained over time. In most cases, a gentle detergent mixed with water will remove staining. If your siding happens to have an oil-based stain, you may need to use a cleaner specifically designed to remove oil. In rare cases, stains on hardboard siding have to be sanded down and the area ultimately repainted.
Hopefully, these tips will help you next time you have problems with your aluminum or hardboard siding. If you reside in North Carolina or South Carolina, the Hatch Homes team would be happy to oversee your siding repairs for you if you don’t have the time or inclination or handle the task on your own. We know it can be tedious to make exterior repairs without professional assistance, primarily if you work full-time or have other essential responsibilities. We look forward to hearing from you soon!