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Whether damage to your home has taken place naturally over time or due to a something more serious like natural disasters, water damage, or fire damage, there are ways to effectively restore (and NOT restore) your home’s exterior.

Restoring the Siding

There are several different types of exteriors seen on homes such as brick, stone, logs, and other materials. However, vinyl, wood paneling, and stucco are some of the most common.

Repairing Vinyl

Vinyl can easily burn or melt after fires and is known to crack after general wear and tear. When restoring this siding, simply use a tool to separate the damaged board from the board below it and pop the panel out.

DON’T restore vinyl siding in cold weather – it’s more likely to crack or snap.

Repairing Wooden Paneling

Wood paneling can have multiple possible damage sources.

  • Termites
  • Fire
  • Water
  • Weather damages

For smaller damages, it’s not necessary to remove an entire wooden panel in order to restore it. Instead, use a circular saw to cut out a square around the damaged area, replace the section with another piece of wood, and nail and sand it in. Use a similar process on a larger scale to remove sections of siding with an increased area of damages.

DON’T forget to use a weather-proofing primer on the wood! This will decrease the chances of further damage in the future.

DON’T work from top to bottom! If you have a larger area to repair, place the new panels in at the bottom first and work your way up.

Repairing Stucco

Stucco is known to crack when under pressure or exposed to water damage. When the stucco begins to crack or blister, you know it’s time to restore your home’s exterior. If you wait, the damages could escalate quickly.

Mix or buy a plaster that is lime or cement-based. Mend the crack with the plaster then paint your exterior so the stucco colors match.

DON’T repair stucco during cold seasons! Temperatures below freezing can ruin newly applied stucco.

Restoring your home after a natural disaster will take a lot more work than the smaller wear and tear repairs. That’s where Valley Restoration comes in! We help restore your home after fire damages, water damages, and more. Visit our website to learn more about our restoration services.