Top Exterior House Siding and Repair Tutorials

The exterior material of your house, whether it is siding (framed construction) or masonry (brick veneer construction) needs care and maintenance to ensure its beauty and functional integrity. Your house has many options for its siding material with options like vinyl siding, wood siding, cement fiber siding, aluminum siding and brick veneer being some of the most common. Let's review some of these siding options along with some maintenance tips to keep them looking great and in good repair.

  • 01 of 05
    Front lawn of suburban house
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    Few home improvements or repairs can improve the appearance, curb appeal and value of your house like new siding. In this tutorial, we review various house siding options such as wood siding, vinyl siding, aluminum siding and cement fiber siding. Also reviewed for each home siding type are their features, pricing and maintenance implications. They all have very different characteristics, with some being very natural looking and others having, well, having colors not found in nature!

  • 02 of 05
    vinyl siding
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    Vinyl siding on a house is the least expensive and most fragile of all home siding materials. This tutorial discusses how to locate hard to find (and sometimes unnatural) colors as well as different patterns of vinyl siding and also shows you how to make your own siding repairs. You'll learn about the essential siding repair "zip tool" (forget replacing a section of your house siding without one of these tools) and how to make siding repairs ranging from minor to major in nature.
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    Peeling Paint on Siding - Poor Adhesion
    Your home siding and in some cases brick may be painted and if it is, it will need to be maintained. This tutorial "Common Exterior Siding House Paint Problems" illustrates and discusses common paint problems and paint failures found around the home. We'll review the problem, cause and solution for the top 10 house painting problems, starting with Blistering Paint and continuing with Alligatoring and Checking, Efflorescence,Chalking, Sagging or Running, Mildew, Rust, Discoloration,...MORE Peeling Paint Due to Poor Adhesion, Peeling Paint Due to Exterior Moisture and Peeling Paint Due to Interior Moisture.
  • 04 of 05
    brick siding tuckpointing

    The process of repairing a mortar joint in a brick wall is called tuckpointing. In this tutorial I'll show you how to do it right. And no, we don't use any cheesy caulk and call that "tuckpointing," only the real deal here for professional results.

    Brick veneer walls are a type of masonry siding on many homes. Bricks are bonded to each other with mortar. The mortar joint plays a significant role in the structure and structural integrity of the wall. It not only holds the bricks...MORE together, it bears the compressive weight of the wall just as the bricks do, and it keeps water out of the wall. It is also the weak link in the brick wall system because if water is allowed to get past the mortar and into the wall, brick failure may occur such as cracking or popping (spalling).

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  • 05 of 05
    brick siding

    On brick homes the brick wall is typically a "veneered" brick wall. Veneered means it is a brick skin, like a brick "siding", over wood framing. Sometimes you need to replace a broken brick. This type of home repair is one that can be attempted if you are repairing 1 brick or up to 4 adjoining bricks and the wall you are repairing is not load bearing.