How to Repair Cracks and Dents in Siding

Answered by Brendan ~ March 19, 2010 ~ Comments

A tornado ripped through our Springfield, Missouri neighborhood last year. Thankfully, no one was hurt, but our home suffered some siding damage. Most of the problem stems from debris hitting the siding, which led to cracks and in a few cases, a serious dent. Can I repair the cracks and dents in my siding, or do I have to replace each damaged piece?

Jim L. ~ Springfield, Missouri

Brendan Fowler

Depending on what type of siding you have, you will have different options. Vinyl siding usually requires that a section be removed and replaced. There are a few special tools that will make this repair go easily. Check with the supplier of your vinyl siding and see what they have for replacement sections and tools for repairs. Aluminum siding can be repaired much like vinyl, by replacing entire sections, it can also be repaired in much the same way that an auto body shop does auto body work, by pulling dents, sanding and using epoxy dent filler. Wood siding can be cut and patched with new siding, as can cementious products. Stucco can be patched with stucco patch, matching the existing wall texture is the trick here. Without knowing what type of siding you have I can only give very general advice, I hope this gets you moving in the right direction.

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