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While the materials for most siding are highly durable and long-lasting, there will be an occasion where you will need to repair the siding on your home. Below are factors that will cause the cost of the repair to fluctuate.
Type of Material
Wood clapboard siding is among the oldest types of house siding. Its disadvantage is that it is not low maintenance, requiring painting and caulking to keep it looking good and functional. Additionally, it can be damaged by rot, insects, warping or splitting.
Aluminum siding is very low maintenance but it is prone to denting and being a bit noisier than its other siding counterparts, but is moderate in price and aesthetically beautiful. Aluminum is a bit more expensive not only to install, but to replace as well. If your aluminum is painted, it may be difficult to match the color exactly.
The benefits of vinyl siding, first and foremost, are lead by its durability and strength when it comes to various weather conditions. It doesn't decay nor does it attract termites as wood does. It does not require painting like metal or wood siding, and for the most part it is cleaned when it rains. Vinyl siding is the easiest to replace although it might be hard to match the repaired section exactly.
Cement Fiber is the latest development in residential siding. It's durable, very low maintenance, made from recyclable materials so it's "green" and it's not subject to rot or insect damage. Expect to pay an additional 5% - 14% in material and installation costs for complex installation configurations and patterns.
Extent of damage
If areas are too rotten to hold a nail they will need to be replaced before the siding is installed. The replacement can be as simple as cutting it out and fixing with plywood - it doesn't have to be pretty because you are going to put siding over it. Additionally, most contractors will want to install some kind of building paper, such as Tyvak) over your wood and under the siding to increase the waterproofing. Make sure that this kind of fix is included in your siding bid.
Locating matching material
Hopefully, you will have some siding left over from your original installation. Damaged areas can be cut out, and holes can be patched with extra panels of siding from the original installation. If the original siding is not available, it may be best to use panels from a less visible area of the home to repair damage in more visible spots. The panel that has been moved can then be replaced with the closest match available. Keep in mind, it may not match color perfectly, especially if your siding has been exposed to the elements for a few years.
Many times your cost estimate from your contractor does not include costs for removal and disposal of existing siding and trim, structural modifications or repairs, and any work on soffit or fascia. Make sure that you ask for those
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