Founded in 2004 as a roofing company, Baltic Exteriors has been steadily growing since then. In 2007 we expanded into siding & gutter territory and today 30% of our business are siding applications.
Homes in Chicagoland can take a beating from inclement weather, heavy rains, winds, extreme temperatures, fallen tree branches and unruly landscaping. Vinyl siding has been the go-to choice for homeowners since the 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, 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 a professional. The team at Baltic Exteriors is knowledgeable and experienced. Request a free estimate with the area's premier siding company today.
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. 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.
Unless you are an expert, it would be better to contact a professional contractor like Baltic Exteriors. Our team 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 projects. When you call Baltic Exteriors, you can rest assured that the job will be done right in a reasonable amount of time.
When you call the professionals from Baltic Exteriors for siding repair, 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 siding also has a tendency to attract dirt and grime. Over time, 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:
DAP (Oils-based caulk)
Mold and Mildew
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®
Brillo® Pad or Soft Scrub®
Soft Scrub® garbage
Fantastic®, Murphy’s Oil Soap® or Windex®
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 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.
Homeowners should be on the lookout for cracks or holes 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 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.
Whether or not you're looking to fix your current roof or need a brand new one, we have cost-effective solutions that work for all types of budgets.