As the primary barrier between the elements and the interior of your home, siding is asked to do a pretty important job. Though some come close (100 years or more), no siding material lasts forever, and when siding fails, it is your home's interior and framing elements that suffer. Keeping siding in good repair is more important than many might imagine, but proper maintenance will depend quite a bit on the particular kind of siding you have. Home siding is more important than many people imagine, and when it comes time for repair it is important to hire someone with specialized experience.
Comparing repairs and maintenance of different siding materials is truly and apples to oranges situation.
1.Siding Life Expectancies
The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors keeps a list of the potential lifespan of many home components, including siding materials. Aluminum and vinyl siding are on the lower end, with life expectancies of 25-40 years and 60 years, respectively. Stucco should last 50 years or more. Brick, stone, and fiber-cement have life expectancies of over 100 years. Cedar siding--one of the more attractive cladding materials on the market--can vary significantly in life expectancy depending on the quality of the wood used and the conditions it is exposed to; some cedar shake or shingles will need to be replaced after only 30 years, while some can last 70 years or more.
Comparing repairs and maintenance of different siding materials is truly and apples to oranges situation. The installation, maintenance, and repair of stucco is nothing like that of vinyl; fixing damaged fiber cement is a completely different job than fixing cedar shake. Because of this, it is important to find a repair service that is experienced in dealing with the specific type of cladding you have on your home. Since most areas of the country have a handful of siding materials that are much more popular than all the others, it is very likely that many local companies will regularly deal with each. However, if only a few homes in your area are covered in the same material as yours, it is especially important to ask any potential repair companies whether or not they have dealt with this material before.
3.Stone and Brick Masonry
Stone and brick are easily the two most durable siding materials on the market. Neither will require a significant amount of maintenance over their lifetimes and, in fact, it is typically the mortar in between the stones or bricks that will fail rather than the siding material itself. The downside of stone and brick siding is that when repairs do need to be done, they can be very costly. In most cases, hiring a certified mason to perform the work will be necessary. Masonry isn't cheap, but the repairs done by someone who is trained in the craft will literally last a lifetime.
4.DIY Vinyl Siding Repair
When installing window casings, precise measurements and cuts will be required. You should remember to measure the same way all through and maintain consistency when cutting. You may need a miter saw for cutting as well as sufficient nails to attach the casing to the window frame. If you place a combination square against the window jamb, you will be able to attain the exact measurements for the edges and corners of the casing. Once the bottom casing is cut for mitered corners, you will have to find out the distance between the two marks on the vertical framing members at the bottom.
Then you must cut a piece of casing to fit this. You will have to line up the bottom casing within the marks you have previously made and hammer it into place. Follow this process for the rest of the window and nail in the casing as per your measurements. Only the corners will need some special attention. You will have to glue the corner pieces in place. You can use silicone sealant to plug the nail holes and the spots where the pieces join.
With materials like brick and stone, siding replacement is rarely the appropriate choice. Cedar, aluminum, vinyl, and stucco will each require replacement eventually, though, and if you are happy with your current siding's performance so far, it is advantageous to replace with the same cladding material, as some of the elements already in place may be used again in the new installation.