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How to Repair Vinyl Siding

DIY home repair is one of the most popular methods of improving or maintaining your house. Very few people truly enjoy having to call a contractor for every little mishap that could happen around the home, so it makes sense why at least one member of the family should have a handyman of some sort. Even for mundane tasks like repairing siding or replacing a shingle, it’s quite nice to have one around.

The fact of the matter, though, is that DIY home repair is not as difficult as you might think. Sure, some home maintenance projects might require some outside help, but for the most part anybody with some steady hands and good set of eyes can fix issues with the home. This is especially the case with vinyl siding, which is quite easy to repair even if it is unappealing to look at. So here is the definitive guide to helping you repair your vinyl siding.

The Tools of the Trade

Before you even start DIY home repair on your exterior wall, you are going to need a few things to help you work. You will need adhesive caulking to secure the piece and wood shims to close it up. You will also need a zip tool, tin snips, and a standard table saw. We also recommend that you keep a spare panel or two around from initial installation to give you pieces to perform the patchwork.

Step One: Remove the Old Piece

The first thing you want to do is use the zip tool to unlock the panel from its neighbors. If you start at the bottom edge, you will find your job goes a lot easier. Once the edge you are working on is loose, insert a wood shim to keep the older panels in place. Then use the snips to cut the damaged area out. Use the wood saw to cut a piece of good vinyl out. Of course, you need to make sure that the replacement piece is just slightly longer than the damaged piece so you can just tuck it nicely under the good sections.

Step Two: Replace

When you are ready to apply the replacement piece, use a thin bead of adhesive caulk along the back side. Remove the wood shims and slide it underneath the pre-existing piece. Once you have it in line, press down and lock it into place.

And that’s how you fix vinyl siding. This particular DIY home repair method is fantastic if your wall has suffered burns or water damage as a result of a bad gutter. However, it does have its disadvantages, such as your siding looking worse than it already is.

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So you may want to use this accident as an excuse to get some better siding for your house. We know all about different kinds of materials and how to properly install them. Be sure to contact us if you ever have any questions.

 

Is Vinyl Viable for Construction in Minneapolis?

Vinyl siding is something of a sore subject when it comes to construction in Minneapolis. No other construction material is as polarized as this one. For some, it is a cheap, effective, and dependable material which lasts for a long time and can easily be painted over. For others, it is an eyesore which should be traded out for a “proper” siding material such as wood. But whatever side you might be on, vinyl siding does have just as many advantages as it does disadvantages. Let’s look them over so you might decide for yourself if it’s the right type for you.

Here is What You Get

Many of the benefits of vinyl siding have already been exposed by supporters of the material. It is the cheapest type of siding on the market right now, as it’s built almost completely of plastic. The fact that plastic is the main material also makes vinyl extraordinarily versatile; in other words, it can be painted without a great deal of prior treatment like wood. You will often find upper stories, side lots, and back lots utilizing vinyl in order to cut costs during construction in Minneapolis. Another advantage vinyl has over other types is that it is lightweight yet durable and fire resistant.

And This is Why You Should Avoid

However, vinyl is not all peaches and cream. There are some glaring disadvantages with it are mostly associated with how it looks and how it is commonly used. Vinyl has always had a stigma against it for being “low income” and this is due partially to the cheapness and the overall look. Nobody wants to live in a plastic house and yet vinyl very much looks like that, even if it’s painted. This is why many houses built as part of development projects do not use exclusively vinyl, as that decreases the resale value substantially.

That is another risk you take when you decide to implement vinyl at a custom home. It will not look attractive to buyers and you’ll be forced to decrease the price. Some critics will even argue that you should outright avoid vinyl for construction in Minneapolis as you will not receive a full return on your investment.

Certainly a Tough Decision

However, many people recognize that vinyl is the best option they have and it is wonderful if you really want to customize the exterior design of the house. If you really wanted to, you could paint purple polka dots and make your home the talk of the street! But who are we to tell you what to do? It’s your house. We are just the ones who build it.

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Coty Construction has been building homes for a number of years and are familiar with all the nuances regarding construction in Minneapolis. Contact us today to find out how we can make your dream home a reality—plastic walls or otherwise.