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How Not To Repair Loose Aluminum Siding

How not to repair loose aluminum siding.

Aluminum siding is not used anymore.  It was too easily damaged. Hitting it with a rock or a weed whacker would put a visible depression onto it.  Hail storms would put many dings and dents into a sided wall.

Over time the nails would come loose, exposing the seam at the union of two pieces, and wind would blow it open.

The end would sometimes stay loose, flapping in future wind storms.

And because of its dent-ability it was difficult to reattach when that happened.

All manufactured siding, aluminum and vinyl, has a nailing slot at the top side, with a bent flange hanging over.

Into that flange is inserted the opposite extension at the bottom, clicking the one piece to the other.  That clicked attachment can come apart.

The typical homeowner and untrained handyman would often repair such looseness the most practical way possible - with a nail or screw.  The photo shows an example of a sheet metal screw used to secure the end of a formerly loose end of aluminum siding.

PRACTICAL MAYBE, BUT INCORRECT!

I have seen both attachments - nails and screws - used.

Of course  it will rust. 

Of course  it will cause galvanic corrosion and eventually damage the siding.

This particular wall had many such sheet metal screws!  So this wall had experienced a lot of looseness.

My recommendation:  when you have to repair something, research the best practice  and see if you, or someone you hire, can perform that repair.  It does not pay to do it wrongly.  This was an end-unit townhouse with a large sided wall.  It looked very ugly with so many rusty screw heads all over the place.  Repair things properly!  Repair things well!  And ugly is never the way to go.

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 13 commentsJay Markanich • September 29 2015 02:45AM

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Jay, sometimes you can't repair UGLY and replacement is neccesary! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) almost 4 years ago

Agreed.  Ugly is ugly and it generally doesn't work well either.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) almost 4 years ago

Wayne - it is time for a new sided wall (or house).  But people usually wait for insurance to do something like that.

Debbie - 'tis!  You have seen your share of ugly floors!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 4 years ago

Good morning Jay,

No wonder I stick with my cedar sidin; no rest for the weary there either.

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) almost 4 years ago

Jay Markanich Fortunately in Florida and California, homes with AL siding is not an easy find. In the north, this is a frequent occurrence, to be sure. Thanks!

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc.) almost 4 years ago

Raymond - you are right about that.  I have a friend who stains one side of his cedar-sided house every year so he never has a big job to do at any one time.

S&N - it is slowly disappearing here too as it is replaced over time with vinyl, or fiber cement.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 4 years ago

Agreed, ugly is not good and often attracts attention to a problem Jay Man.

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) almost 4 years ago

I hear ugly works in those dog contests, Tom.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 4 years ago

Jay,  when you showed a picture of the screw I thought, big deal, what's one screw in the scheme of things.  Then I read on and found that the owner had done this to several locations.  I'll bet that made the "repair" stand out like a sore thumb.

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) almost 4 years ago

Screws... ha! Don't they know that duct tape works best?

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) almost 4 years ago

It looked ridiculous Stephen.  With one you could paint it to blend it in somewhat.  But not so many.

Fred - getting the right color it could blend right in!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 4 years ago

 Good Saturday morning Jay. I've seen that done on vinyl siding too! Not good! Some folks can screw anything up.

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 4 years ago

Aluminum, vinyl, what the hey!  I agree Michael, people love to screw things up.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 4 years ago

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