Siding Repair FAQ

Here are some common questions we've received about siding repair over the years. Please feel free to reach out with any questions of your own and contact us here.

Note: This is page is a bit of a wall-of-text.

When should I have my siding repaired or replaced?

You should consider replacing your siding when it begins to show physical damage or siding over 20+ years old.

What are some common signs of siding wear and tear?

  • Distorted seams. This often indicates that moisture has seeped under the siding.
  • Bowed, twisted, or warped siding. Usually indicative that your siding is damaged by UV Damage.
  • Siding that is peeling, blistering or cracking. All of these siding problems are caused by neglecting complete replacement.

What type of siding should I choose?

This depends on a variety of factors, including the climate where you live, the style of your home, and your budget. We would be happy to discuss your options with you. All you have to do is reach out.

Can siding be repaired if it's only partially damaged?

Can siding be repaired if it's only partially damaged?

How much does siding replacement cost?

This varies depending on the type of siding you choose, the size and shape of your home, and the extent of the damage. We would be happy to discuss your options in person or over the telephone. At some point, however, we will need to come out and inspect the siding ourselves to provide an accurate estimate.

What is the best siding for residential homes?

There is no "best siding" for every home. While all siding needs to be durable, you still have to consider your home's style and your budget. That said, Vinyl Siding, Cedar Siding, and Hardie Siding all come with pros and cons. For example, Cedar/Wood siding tends to last longer but is more expensive and maintenance costs are ongoing; Vinyl siding tends to be easier on the budget; Hardie siding tends to be extremely durable.

How do I prepare my siding for siding replacement?

If you are having siding replaced on your home, you can take a few simple steps beforehand to make the process go more smoothly.

  • Remove any furniture, bird feeders, or anything else from the exterior of your home that could get in the way of siding replacement professionals.
  • Trim any bushes or trees near your home so that there is plenty of clearance for the siding crew to work.
  • Ensure all exterior water taps are turned off
  • Remove pictures, and fragile items from shelving on exterior walls that could fall or become damaged from wall vibration.

What siding materials are best for cold climates?

The best siding for frequently cold winters is James Hardie siding. It is made to withstand the climatic deviations and doesn't expand, contract or crack like other siding materials can in colder temperatures. You may also want to consider siding with a thermal break, which will help keep your home warmer in the winter.

What siding materials are best for hot climates?

The best siding for hotter climates is lighter in colour. This siding will reflect sunlight, which can help keep your home cooler.

Can vinyl siding be easily repaired?

Many kinds of Vinyl siding damage can be repaired quite easily and quickly, so it's an excellent siding material if you live in an area where siding damage is common.

Can wood siding be easily repaired?

Wood siding is not as easy to repair as vinyl siding. For example, if the siding is rotten, you will need to replace the entire section.

However, if the wood siding is only peeling or cracking, it can sometimes be repaired sanding and paint.

Can old aluminum siding be easily repaired?

Aluminum siding is very durable but is easily scratched or dented. It isn’t easily replaced due to difficult acquisition of matching materials today, and require drilling and the use of face nails unless the entire wall is removed from the top down to the repair line.

Can I install siding on my trailer?

While siding can be installed on trailers, we don’t service that segment of the market.

Can vinyl siding melt?

Yes, vinyl siding can melt under extreme heat. For example, BBQs placed too close to the wall, even after use, the remaining radiant heat can be enough to badly damage the siding. Another cause is UV reflection off nearby windows, and if is the case, replacement with James Hardie is recommended, or asking the neighbour to replace the offending window without the UV Reflective Coating.

How do I repair woodpecker holes in my siding?

If you have woodpecker holes in your siding, the best way to repair them is by using a metal siding patch. This type of patch will help protect the siding from future damage.

You can also use a sealant to fill in the holes, but this is not as effective as using a metal patch. However, if your home is the constant target of woodpeckers or flickers, it’s usually a sign that replacing the siding is in order as they are excavating for bugs.

What is the best time of year to replace my siding?

The best time of year to replace your siding is typically in the spring, while the weather is cooler. However, when replacing siding, you can do it any time of year. Replacing siding in the winter can be more difficult, as there is less daylight to work with and the ground may very wet or covered with snow. While it is possible, it can often change the time-frame for the project.