Siding Repair & Maintenance

Vinyl Siding

Homes in Chicagoland can take a real beating from inclement weather, including heavy rains, winds and extreme temperatures to fallen tree branches and unruly landscaping. Vinyl siding is often a go-to choice for homeowner since mid 20th century because of its minimal upkeep and long life.

However, homeowners should be mindful of loose pieces of siding that could cause further damage to the exterior of your home if left untreated. Left alone, damaged siding could become irreparable giving cause to major repairs.

Vinyl siding it is not resistant to cracking and breaking, however, which can result in a less attractive exterior to your home and possible damage if water gets underneath. If you are in need of vinyl siding repair you have two options. You can go out and buy all the tools, get all the materials and learn how to do it yourself; or you can trust Baltic Roofing who is knowledgeable about vinyl siding repair to do it for you.

Do it yourself or hire a professional?

If you decide to go the do-it-yourself vinyl siding repair route, there are many tools that you will need to do the job right. 

You will need to find siding that matches perfectly with the material already on your home, first of all. You will also need to purchase a vinyl siding remover, which is also known as a zipper. This inexpensive hand tool is almost always necessary for vinyl siding repair because it loosens one piece of siding from the next and removes the damaged panel that is going to be replaced.

You will also need tin snips - another relatively affordable and easy to find tool.  A handsaw or utility knife would also suffice. Polyurethane caulking and aluminum box nails are also necessary to reattach the new piece of siding.

While a professional contractor or someone who has a great deal of experience in home improvement projects can complete the vinyl siding repair fairly quickly and without much trouble, a novice homeowner might not have such an easy time. There is also no telling whether the vinyl siding repair project will run into some complications. If things don’t go as smoothly as planned it could turn into much more than replacing a single piece of damaged siding.

Hire a Professional

Unless you are an expert home repairperson, it would be better to contact a professional contractor, like Baltic Exteriors, that is experienced in vinyl siding repair. We bring that same high standard to all types of vinyl siding repair, from the smallest jobs to the largest of projects. When you call Baltic Exteriors you can rest assured that the job will be done right in a reasonable amount of time. 

It’s true that some vinyl siding repair jobs are pretty simple to do, but when you call a professional to do the job you know you’re getting the best result possible. Since the exterior of your home affects its value, it’s important to know that all work done on your home is of the highest quality.

Baltic Exteriors will make sure your home looks great and your siding will stand the test of time.

Vinyl Maintenance

Vinyl siding also has a tendency to attract dirt and grime. Overtime it builds up on your siding causing it to look aged and dirty. Regular vinyl siding maintenance should include an annual power wash to remove the unsightly buildup of dirt. 

The beauty of vinyl siding is maintained with little effort. For stubborn stains, use the following chart:



Bubble Gum


DAP (Oils-based caulk)

Felt-tip Pen



Lithium Grease

Mold and Mildew

Motor Oil






Top Soil
Fantastic®, Murphy’s Oil Soap®, or solution of vinegar (30%) and water (70%)



Fantastic®, or water-based cleaners

Fantastic®, Lysol®, Murphy’s Oil Soap® or Windex®

Fantastic® or Murphy’s Oil Soap®

Fantastic®, Lestoil®, Murphy’s Oil Soap® or Windex®

Fantastic® or solution of vinegar (30%) and water (70%)

Fantastic®, Lysol®, Murphy’s Oil Soap® or Windex®

Soft Scrub®

Brillo® Pad or Soft Scrub®

Soft Scrub® garbage

Fantastic®, Murphy’s Oil Soap® or Windex®

Soft Scrub®

Fantastic®, Lestoil® or Murphy’s Oil Soap®

*Cleaning materials are listed in alphabetical order.
Baltic Exteriors does not endorse proprietary products or processes and makes no warranties for the products referenced herein. Reference to proprietary names is for illustrative purposes only and is not intended to imply that there are not equally effective alternatives.

Wood Siding

Wood siding adds a rustic element to any home; however, it requires greater care and maintenance than vinyl siding in order to preserve its appearance. 

Wood siding should be treated with sealant every four to six years to help protect it from the elements. Many homeowners will often choose to re-stain their wood siding every few years to keep up its rich color. Homeowners should apply a strong power wash to the siding before every treatment to ensure all dirt and grime has been removed from the siding before applying sealant.

Repairing wood siding at the first sign of damage is important to its overall upkeep.

Homeowners should be on the lookout for cracks or wholes caused by weather, insects, birds or other elements that can allow moisture to permeate the surface laying the foundation for future rot and other damage. Loose boards can also cause moisture to break through the surface and, like vinyl siding, could lead to more extensive damage. Re-nail loose boards or replace damaged pieces of siding in order to maintain the health and appearance of your wood siding.

Frequent siding maintenance and repair can be a cost effective way to preserve the integrity and curb appeal of your home. Annual spot checks and power washes can help identify any problem areas and help maintain the health of your exterior.

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