When it comes to making repairs in your home, many areas come to mind. The roofing is top on the list for me. Then probably the water piping or garbage disposal. Once in a while, there is the leaky faucet that occasional fixing. Basically, the kitchen may carry the day when it comes to items that need repair.
Down the list, there are areas that don’t require repair that often but when they do, they require as much attention as the gas piping and garbage disposal system. Down the list is where you find siding repair.
Fixing dents, holes, probably caused by birds like the notorious woodpecker, and other damage to siding can either tricky. Usually one would think that with the right tools the job can be just another DIY.
Well, true. Siding can be fixed without the need for a professional. Quick and affordable. At least that is what I thought until the other day when the siding on my home literally fell off.
I live in Minnesota around the Twin Cities area and I had always fixed the siding on my own. This time was different though. I felt like I needed to replace the entire siding. Of course, that comes at a huge expense and it did not help that we were in the middle of a pandemic.
So I asked around and most of my friends recommended A to Z Construction Inc. This is a Minnesota siding repair company. Well, they not only repair but also offer installation services among other numerous construction services.
I went on to call A to Z Contractors Inc. and explained my situation. Turns out I did not have to replace the siding. It instead had some life left and all it needed was a new generation of wood fillers, hardeners, and epoxies to fill holes and firm up soft spots so they are as strong as the original wood.
With these simple repairs, I could put my money into other use having made huge savings and bought the siding several more years of service. I in fact don’t know why I did repairs myself when there are professionals out that are amazingly affordable, and I mean amazingly because I was really amazed by their quotation considering how badly the siding was damaged. I mean, I was in the process of replacing the whole thing!
The siding had mold and plenty of moisture inside. Some sections were just loose and others buckling and delaminating. Moisture in the siding is terrible news. For one, it means that the building paper and flashings may not be doing their job correctly, either that or whoever installed them didn’t.
Siding is one of the biggest aesthetic factors of any home. I mean, it is the outside that attracts you to the inside, right? Therefore the condition of the siding may ultimately determine how your home feels on the inside. It is a paradox! For those planning to sell their homes, it may as well determine how much people are willing to pay for it.
You may need to repair or replace the siding on your home at some point. It is a decision that will be determined by how much money you are willing to spend and which professionals you hire to do the job. Ensure you hire people with experience so that you are well-advised on whether to repair or replace. You might also need advice on the best type of siding to use in case you are replacing the old one. I hear vinyl and metal siding are quite durable and require fewer repairs.
I personally use wood siding and since A to Z Contractors did a great job with the repair, I will be not looking for a new siding any time soon. Wood siding requires more repairs and maintenance and after realizing how affordable it is to hire a professional, wood siding will remain my favorite type for a while.
To conclude, siding is a very important part of the house. While modern siding does require little maintenance, it doesn’t mean that you should put off siding repairs for later. Be sure to involve an experienced professional for advice, repairs, or even replacing the siding.