If you have metal or tin siding on your house, you have siding that will last a long time. You also have siding that is easily damaged by hail, rust/corrosion and anything that hits it with enough force. That said, if you have some issues with your metal/tin siding, here are a few DIY things you can do to fix the problems you see.
Hail dents tend to be mild in appearance, but if you cannot stand the sight of several pock-marks on your home, you can do the following:
- Remove the siding carefully and lay it backside up on a flat surface.
- Take a hammer and gently tap the little hail dents out.
- For larger hail dents (the kind created by hail that is the size of oranges to the size of softballs) or dents caused by sports balls, bats, cars, etc., you can actually leave the siding on the house and use a car dent repair kit, available at most of your automotive and hardware retail stores.
- Once the dents are tapped out, reinstall the siding on your house. This is usually accomplished by either tucking the siding panels back into place under the vertical corner sections or screwing the siding back on using the same holes that secured the siding to your house in the first place.
If you have rust or corrosion, skip step number four above and move on to "Rust and/or Corrosion Repair" just below.
Rust and/or Corrosion Repair
Tin and metal siding will eventually lose its protective coating over time and show signs of rust or corrosion (depending on the type of metal present). Additionally, screws, bolts and nails will rust and run contact rust down some of the panels. If this is the eyesore you see on your home, you can address it this way:
- If you have not already done so, remove the offending panels from your home, preferably one at a time to keep your home from being exposed to the elements and insect pests.
- Using a rust remover chemical or anti-corrosion cleaner, rub away as much of the rust and/or corrosion as you can with a rough cloth and the cleaner of choice.
- If some rust or corrosion remains, use a metal sander to buff away the remaining stains and deeper blemishes.
- Clean and smooth these areas.
- Apply a fresh coat of paint that matches the rest of your siding.
- Apply a sealing coat over the paint.
Reinstall the siding on your house and you are done! For more information or assistance, contact siding experts, like those at Lifetime Exteriors.