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How to Repair a Hole in Vinyl Siding

After we removed the shutters from our front porch, there were several screw holes to patch in the vinyl siding.

I began with a little research and vinyl adhesive caulk {affiliate link} was the suggested product — preferably from the manufacture of your vinyl siding — so that the color can be matched exactly. However, we didn’t install the siding on this house. I’d expect that many of us “inherit” siding when we purchase a house and may not know the manufacture or exact color.

There were several standard shades available on Amazon and we ended up choosing the “Almond” version from DAP {affiliate links}.

The caulk was easy to use. I squirted just a tiny bit into each hole, then wiped it smooth across the surface of the siding.

However, the color was much lighter than our siding. This ended up being a simple fix, using some exterior craft paint.

I purchased several containers at about $1 each until I found the right match. This method was easier than removing a piece of siding from the house to take into a paint store. It was also cheaper than a gallon/quart of paint. Of course, I was patching small holes. If we had to repair a larger section we might invest the cost and effort to get an exact color match.

This small project was one of those annoying little maintenance “to do” items; but I’m glad we took a few minutes to complete it. It really didn’t take that long {outside of a couple trips to the store for craft paint} and it will prevent moisture from seeping behind the siding. We wanted to check it off our list before winter weather arrives.

What is on your winter-prep home maintenance list?

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Craftivity Designs

Friday 24th of July 2015

Glad it was helpful!

Chris Howell

Thursday 23rd of July 2015

Definitely a great tip, it doesn't look completely covered but it looks much better than before. I need to do something like this to my vinyl siding because there are holes everyhwere! I'm going to start doing work today, thanks for the share definitely will help me out! http://www.milehighgutter.com/products/soffit-fascia-siding/

Craftivity Designs

Thursday 21st of May 2015

It was very easy and definitely inexpensive! I hope it works for you, too :)

Great to hear you are a fellow engineer. I love to decorate but my engineer brain always has me trying to solve problems and make our house more efficient, too!

German Pearls

Sunday 17th of May 2015

Thank you! We have few holes in our siding in our screened in porch where the previous owner's installed a shelf. I hate them but didn't know what to do with them - I'll have to try this. Sounds pretty inexpensive and easy. Thanks!(PS-I saw a comment of one of yours on another blog where you said you went to school for engineering so I sought out your blog as I'm a fellow engineer. :) )

Kirstin Guerra

Monday 19th of January 2015

I had some business signs nailed into my house. After trying to take them down I accidentally tore off a piece of my vinyl siding. I don't know what to do to fix the vinyl missing. Can I replace the big chunk missing, or do I have to redo the whole side? http://www.wlhurstinc.com/Siding-Repair-Norfolk-VA.html

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