What to Know About Exterior Siding Repair Prices and Options
Last Updated: October 04, 2023
Reviewed By: Ryan Maguire
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The cost to repair home siding depends on the material and the nature and extent of the damage. This buying guide provides an overview of common fixes for the most popular types of exterior siding in addition to information on how much siding repairs cost.
How Much Does Siding Repair Cost? #
Repairing damaged siding keeps your home protected from the elements. Here are typical siding repair costs:
Vinyl Siding Repair
- Replace single damaged vinyl panel - $100-300
- Replace section with new panels - $10-15 per sq ft
- Fix warped/buckled siding - $200-500
Wood Siding Repair
- Replace rotten boards - $15-25 per board
- Prep and paint wood siding - $2-4 per sq ft
- Stain cedar shake siding - $3-5 per sq ft
Fiber Cement Siding Repair
- Patch small holes - $100-300
- Replace cracked plank - $200-500 per plank
- Repaint fiber cement siding - $2-3 per sq ft
Stucco Siding Repair
- Patch small cracks - $5-10 per linear ft
- Repair water damage - $10-20 per sq ft
- Re-stucco full wall - $8-12 per sq ft
Brick Siding Repair
- Repoint mortar joints - $5-15 per sq ft
- Replace a few damaged bricks - $10-25 per brick
- Paint brick exterior - $2-4 per sq ft
In summary, expect to pay $100 to $500+ to repair common siding damage like warped panels, cracked planks, and rotted boards. Full siding replacement costs $10 to $20+ per sq ft.
Siding Repair Cost Examples #
Here are some real-life examples of siding repair costs:
A homeowner paid $350 to replace a cracked vinyl siding panel and paint the new panel to blend with the existing siding.
A family paid a contractor $1,800 to replace a rotten 10 ft x 8 ft section of cedar wood siding with new boards and repaint.
A condo owner was charged $225 by their HOA to patch 3 holes in their fiber cement siding caused by falling branches.
A homeowner paid $700 to have a siding company repair warped vinyl siding on one wall by taking down two full panels and reinstalling them properly.
A historic homeowner paid $6,500 to repaint the wood siding on their large 2-story Victorian house. This included prep, caulk, primer and two finish coats.
A landlord paid $1,200 to repoint the damaged mortar joints on the brick siding of their small apartment building.
A family paid $18,000 to have the stucco siding on their 1,500 sq ft house completely replaced and recoated due to extensive cracking and water intrusion issues.
As you can see, siding repair costs can range from $100 for small vinyl or stucco repairs to $10,000+ for full siding replacement jobs. Expect to pay $500 to $2,000 on average for common siding repairs.
Siding Repair Advice #
Here are some important things to know about siding repair:
Address issues quickly before water damage causes bigger problems. Rotted wood or cracks can worsen over time.
Matching replacement siding takes skill. Hire a pro for a seamless appearance, especially with custom profiles or colors.
Prep work is key. Repainting or resealing provides better results if the surface is properly cleaned and primed first.
Look for the source of recurring issues. Faulty flashing, gutters, sealants, or framing alignment can keep causing siding damage. Fix the root problem.
Quality materials prevent future repairs. Upgrading to thicker, more impact-resistant siding lasts longer.
DIY fiber cement or vinyl repairs can work for small patches, but larger repairs or work heights above single-story require pro equipment and skills.
Permits may be required depending on the scope of work, local codes, and historic designation.
Maintain your new siding properly. Follow manufacturer guidelines on cleaning agents and resealing or repainting timetables.
Addressing siding issues promptly and properly ensures your home stays protected from the elements.
Siding Damage: Repair or Replace? #
Here's a breakdown of what types of siding damage can typically be repaired versus what requires full replacement:
Repairable Siding Damage
- Small holes or cracks in vinyl, wood, stucco or fiber cement siding
- Warped or buckled vinyl siding panels
- Peeling paint or stain on wood siding
- Missing or deteriorating caulk around windows, trim, etc.
- Mortar cracks between bricks
Siding Damage Requiring Replacement
- Large areas of rotted, cracked or deteriorated siding
- Hail damage or punctures that undermine integrity
- Pervasive moisture damage that has warped siding
- Brick damage from shifting foundation or improper installation
- Multiple layers of existing siding that exceed code
- Old asbestos, aluminum or unsound siding
The extent of the damage and underlying issue causing it will determine if spot repairs or full siding replacement is needed. In general, small holes, sealant gaps, superficial cracks, and limited paint peeling can be fixed. But once water intrusion, rot, cracks, or integrity issues are widespread, full siding removal and installation is usually required.
Wood Siding Repair #
Over time wood splits, cracks and develops holes, making it vulnerable to water damage. Once moisture penetrates the wood it causes rot, making it imperative to perform wood siding repairs as soon as possible to keep it from spreading and harming underlying layers and surrounding boards. Filling cracks and seams with caulking or glue can help prevent moisture penetration. Warped boards can be pried back, shortened, and reattached with nails, while boards with serious defects often have to be completely replaced and repainted to match the old boards.
Vinyl Siding Repair #
Vinyl siding is susceptible to damage from extreme heat, which can melt the vinyl, cold, which can cause it to become brittle and crack, and impacts from hail and other objects. Vinyl siding repairs take one of two forms. In some cases, it's possible to patch the damaged section of siding by removing and replacing it with a good, matching piece of vinyl (hopefully you have a few pieces left over from the original installation, if not, you can contact the manufacturer to purchase new pieces). When the damage is more extensive, it might make more sense to replace entire sections of siding.
Metal Siding Repair #
Metal siding is extremely durable, but is prone to denting and scratching. Fixing dented metal involves putting a washer onto a self-tapping screw, driving the screw into the center of the dent, and pulling the washer until the dented area pops out. The hole is then patched and once dry is sanded, wiped clean, and painted. Scratched or faded metal can be fixed with a new coat of paint. A seriously damaged section of metal siding can be replaced entirely with new panels.
Video: How to Replace Damaged Vinyl Siding #
Watch the video to find out how you can replace damage vinyl siding on your own: