If you have a home that is over twenty years old, chances are that the siding is outdated. However, if it is not broke, do not fix it, right? Oh, it is broken now? Yeah, a car crashing into your house will do that. Here are three problems with trying to patch this damage and why you will need to replace all of your siding and not attempt to just patch the siding.
Old Siding Has No Modern Duplicate
Have you noticed that modern siding is no longer vinyl? It is a plastic resin composite. Your ancient vinyl siding held out as long as it did because it was not the modern stuff and was, in fact, thicker and heavier than modern siding. The other difficulty is that the ways in which modern siding is colored makes it impossible to just patch up the damage the car did to your home. Stripping down all the damaged old siding and attempting to replace it with new siding results in a two-tone house wall with obvious differences. The old siding you have cannot be duplicated.
Old Siding Lays Differently Than New Siding
Modern siding, because it is thinner and lighter, lays tighter and closer together. Old siding, with its thickness and heaviness, lays slightly farther apart to accommodate its dimensions. Attempting to patch your house with new siding under old siding results in some big gaps between siding slats. Gaps lead to water damage and insect infestation. You want all your siding slats to lay and layer the same to protect your home.
Old Siding Is Weather-Beaten
Even if your siding is ten years old or less, it has already gone through wind, rain, hot sun, etc. It may be quite bleached out and weather-beaten. Replacing the damaged siding with the same siding you used a decade ago will still make it look uneven and strange because of the fact that the stuff that has been exposed to weather this whole time looks old. The new siding that is supposed to match because it is supposed to be the same will not look the same at all.
It Is an "All or None" Kind of Project
Siding, when you see these above issues, is an "all or none" kind of project. Either you replace all the siding so your house's exterior appears uniform, or you you do not replace any of it (although that would definitely not be recommended!). Talk to your siding contractor to see what the next step is.
For more information, contact companies like Allstate Gutter & Siding.