The holes seemed small, but there were more than two dozen of them of various sizes. They needed covered soon to prevent water damage to the house. We did research and decided on Mendyl Vinyl Siding Repair Kit. It comes with complete instructions, is easy to apply, will take extreme cold to minus 40 below zero Fahrenheit to plus 130 degrees Fahrenheit. The application was simple, finding a paint to match our exact siding was not so simple.
DIY Repair Hail Damage
We had three raging hail storms this summer: large marble size, golf ball size and tennis ball size. The wind was fierce. It damaged our roof, broke windows, and broke holes in our vinyl siding. Although we have home insurance, it would not cover everything. We saved big money by doing research and taking the DIY approach to some repairs. Professionals repaired the roof and installed the new windows, but we repaired the vinyl siding. Some day we will replace all the siding.
The kit cost around $50, but it was much cheaper than replacing all the siding. Our home looked new before the storms. Home Depot and probably some other home improvement stores can match paint with a photo from the phone or a piece of the material. The phone photo app did not work for us. My husband cut about an inch off an over lapping section, because we did not have any extra vinyl siding to take to the store.
We wiped around each hole with rubbing alcohol on a rag and applied the repair tape. It comes in 10 sheets with a grid on the back to cut the right size for each hole. We over lapped as much as we could to be sure the repair patch was more than covered to give it a sure grip on the house. Here you see the pieces of patches. We did this to all the sides of the house. Then we painted each patch.
The paint went on very easily. We over lapped onto the siding some what and the color was a little lighter than the house, at first. The patches were pressed and even took on the little designs in the siding to help them blend on well.
Here you can see the lighter small patches if you look closely. This was about a half hour after we painted them on this side.
After that day, you could not see the patches at all! This is the same side as the photo above with the lighter patches painted. The paint blended in perfectly with our home. It looks new again.
This is not meant to be a permanent repair, we intend to replace the siding after we move our home to our recently purchased land. It will protect our home and prevent moisture damage.
It has been cold, snowing and raining and all the patches are still holding like they are not even there. This would also work on a frame home vinyl siding repair to buy some time and protect the walls until the damaged siding can be replaced. If we can do this, anyone can!
- Paint special matched to siding (Home Depot)
- Mendyl Vinyl Siding Repair (Amazon)
- Small paint brush or craft brush (On hand or Walmart)