There is nothing like real wood siding to beautify a home. With its elegant profile and low thermal conductivity, wood siding is a value-boosting addition to most homes. Like any organic building product, wood is subject to decomposition. As long as the exterior paint is stable, wood clapboard siding can last for decades. But even a hairline crack in the paint can introduce water, and water leads to rot and mold. Though wood siding is very strong, a sufficient physical impact can split and crack it. Repairing wood siding is integral to owning a home with wood siding.
Yet many homeowners accustomed to the ease of vinyl siding repair may approach wood siding repair with well-founded hesitation. Exterior repairs can have a domino effect, with repairs in one area destabilizing other areas and leading to further repairs. Most importantly, home siding repairs have zero tolerance for errors. Rain and other elements can find any weak point in your repairs and work in behind the siding and into the wall system. Fortunately, repairing wood clapboard siding is an inexpensive and simple do-it-yourself project. But patience and a methodical approach are the keys to success.