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Siding Repair Prices
The cost to repair home siding depends on the material and the nature and extent of the damage. This buying guide provides an overview of common fixes for the most popular types of exterior siding in addition to information on how much siding repairs cost.
Repairing Home Siding
While houses can be clad in anything from stone to metal to wood to composites, a relatively small group of materials dominate the home siding market. They include wood, vinyl, and metal (aluminum and steel). Below is a description of the types of damage each material is likely suffer and what's entailed with repairing it.
Wood Siding Repair
Over time wood splits, cracks and develops holes, making it vulnerable to water damage. Once moisture penetrates the wood it causes rot, making it imperative to perform wood siding repairs as soon as possible to keep it from spreading and harming underlying layers and surrounding boards. Filling cracks and seams with caulking or glue can help prevent moisture penetration. Warped boards can be pried back, shortened, and reattached with nails, while boards with serious defects often have to be completely replaced and repainted to match the old boards.
Vinyl Siding Repair
Vinyl siding is susceptible to damage from extreme heat, which can melt the vinyl, cold, which can cause it to become brittle and crack, and impacts from hail and other objects. Vinyl siding repairs take one of two forms. In some cases, it's possible to patch the damaged section of siding by removing and replacing it with a good, matching piece of vinyl (hopefully you have a few pieces left over from the original installation, if not, you can contact the manufacturer to purchase new pieces). When the damage is more extensive, it might make more sense to replace entire sections of siding.
Metal Siding Repair
Metal siding is extremely durable, but is prone to denting and scratching. Fixing dented metal involves putting a washer onto a self-tapping screw, driving the screw into the center of the dent, and pulling the washer until the dented area pops out. The hole is then patched and once dry is sanded, wiped clean, and painted. Scratched or faded metal can be fixed with a new coat of paint. A seriously damaged section of metal siding can be replaced entirely with new panels.
Exterior Siding Repair Costs
The cost of house siding repair depends on the material, the complexity of the job, the local economy, and other factors. As a result, the following siding repair costs are only meant to serve as a general overview.
- Wood siding repair costs around $40 to $50 per hour, or $100 to $200 per six-foot section, when performed by an experienced carpenter.
- Hiring a contractor to repair a small section of cracked or broken vinyl siding starts at $300 and can cost as much as $1,000 or more depending on the extend of the damage. You might pay $50 to $100 for a piece of new, matching vinyl siding.
- It can be difficult to find contractors who are willing to fix small sections of damaged metal siding, so you might want to hire a handyman for $30 to $60 per hour. Larger metal siding repair jobs might cost around $500 to $1,000.