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How to Repair Wood Siding

Wood siding offers a classic, rustic look for any home. However, it can be damaged just like any other siding. Luckily, wood siding repair can be done with a few tools and some patience. Here, we explain how to repair wood siding with a hole, a damaged board, and a damaged shingle:

A Hole

  1. Before you begin your wood siding repair, inspect the hole.
  2. Remove any debris that may be inside the hole.
  3. Next, use a stiff bristle brush to clean in and around the area.
  4. After that, use your putty knife to fill the area with wood putty filler.
  5. If your hole is large, you may need more than one layer of putty.
    1. Let the first layer dry before applying another layer.
  6. Once the putty is completely dry, sand down the area with sandpaper.
  7. Paint the area to match the rest of your wood siding.

A Damaged Board

  1. Locate the damaged board.
  2. Using your pry bar, remove the nails that attach the board to your home.
  3. If the damaged area is small, pry it loose and remove it.
  4. If it’s large, use a circular saw to make a “plunge cut” on each side of the area. Next, make a cut lengthwise and remove the damaged piece of board.
  5. After that, remove any rotten wood from the area and clean it.
  6. Next, cut your replacement siding board to fit the space.
  7. Apply a layer of waterproof glue to the area.
  8. Use your hammer and nails to secure the replacement piece to your home.
  9. If necessary, paint the board to match the rest of your siding.

A Damaged Shingle

  1. The first step in your wood siding repair is to put on a pair of protective gloves.
  2. Next, remove the broken pieces of your damaged shingle.
  3. Use your pry bar to remove the nails that attach the shingle to your home.
  4. After that, remove any rotten wood from the area and clean it.
  5. Next, cut your replacement wood siding shingle (if necessary) to the proper size.
  6. Position the shingle in the open area and secure with a hammer and nails.
  7. If necessary, paint the shingle to match the rest of your siding.

Tools & Materials

  • Stiff bristle brush
  • Wood putty filler
  • Putty knife
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint
  • Replacement wood siding board
  • Pry bar
  • Circular saw
  • Waterproof glue
  • Hammer, nails
  • Gloves
  • Replacement wood siding shingle

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