Hey friends! Nick here… I think I can speak for the entire world when I say… I’m glad 2020 is behind us, of all the things that went horribly wrong in 2020. The rare ‘inland hurricane’ (Derecho) that hit our Midwestern state of Iowa with zero notice and 140 mph winds is what sticks out in my mind.
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The damage to our property was SO MINIMAL compared to many others in our neighborhood. The straight-line winds were coming from the west, so the people who had ANY trees west of their house had significant problems.
We got by with minor damage to our new kitchen addition.. a little gutter damage, and some shrapnel from the neighbor’s shed that impaled the side of our house.
The real kicker is that those gutters were less than a week old. While we were grateful, they were doing their job. We were pretty disappointed to see that all our hard work on the siding and gutters were now tarnished by that wicked wind.
We knew that replacing the siding or even a section of siding would be merely impossible and very costly. So we decided to go an alternate route. We remembered that we had used Daps Platinum Patch in the past to repair siding damage. Back then, it worked on our vinyl siding. So why not try it out on our LP Smartsiding and PVC Columns?!
As shown in the photos above, we started by digging out the embedded material and sanding the siding back to a smooth surface.
We then primed the area. With LP Smartsiding, it is critical to make sure any exposed surfaces are primed. I wanted to make sure I was protected in case any moisture was to get behind this patch.
Once dried we filled the void with Dap’s Platinum Patch using a putty knife. This stuff is amazing. It provides long lasting weather-proof protection and prevents discoloration, cracking, and crumbling. It’s ideal for fiber cement siding, PVC trim board, vinyl siding, metal, composite, concrete, brick, wood and more.
Then we sanded the patch flush and primed it again.
After that, the weather turned cold, and we didn’t get around to painting the surfaces until now. I was actually kind of excited to see how the patch held up through the extreme temperature changes and expansion/contraction of winter.
I was pleased to see that the patch was holding strong and that there was no evidence of separation from the siding or PVC columns. Amazing!
Patching the siding saved us a ton of money and time. We are so happy with how it turned out, and with a little bit of paint, you would never even be able to tell that our neighbors garden shed was once impaled into the side of our house.
We’re in awe of how many products DAP has, and how often they come in handy. Even if you’re not a DIYer, you can save yourself tonnnns of $$$ by tackling some of these smaller repairs yourself. Promise!!
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