Save Money By Repairing Your Own Vinyl Siding

Save Money By Repairing Your Own Vinyl Siding
Even though vinyl siding is low maintenance there may be times when your home’s siding needs a repair; one of the great qualities of vinyl siding is that many repairs are fairly easy to handle for any homeowner with a little DIY experience and a few common tools. Fixing your own siding is a good way to save a little money as siding companies often have a minimum trip charge to dispatch a repair crew. Depending on where you live, that visit could cost a minimum of $ 400. Common Vinyl Siding Repairs and the Costs Involved A good idea for any homeowner with a vinyl sided home is to save a box of siding when the home is first sided so there’s some extra if it’s ever needed for repairs. Most siding repairs don’t require new siding though, and according to a major siding contractor the most common repairs their crews are asked to handle are:
Siding that’s come loose or blown off–This repair just requires that the loose siding be snapped back into the locking channel, and you may have to re-nail if the siding came off completely. This fix shouldn’t cost anything if you do the work, but a crew could cost a minimum trip charge.
Buckled siding–Siding that’s nailed too tight or cut too long can buckle when it expands. Un-snap siding as needed to get to the problem pieces and loosen nails so the siding can move. You may also need to trim the ends before snapping everything back into place, but this repair doesn’t cost you anything to do and could save you the charges of a siding crew coming out.

These are two of the most common vinyl siding repairs; there are others that a homeowner with a little DIY experience and some common sense can take care of on their own.

Ryan Stinson is a freelance writer with general home improvement knowledge, and expertise in siding repair and installing vinyl siding.

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