Repairing Holes in Siding
LESLIE: Going to talk to Gino in New Jersey about keeping the water out of the house and keeping the inside nice and dry. What’s going on at your money pit?GINO: Well, we’ve got a couple of holes in the walls of our family room and when it rains hard, we get drainage in there.
TOM: How did these holes get there, Gino?
GINO: Don’t know. (Leslie chuckles) I think animals munched their way through.
TOM: Oh, OK.
GINO: And what I did, I put some foam there; some of that expanding foam.
TOM: Mm-hmm. Right.
GINO: And that seemed to work OK except I see water seeping in again and I see little chips – little yellow chips. So either the chipmunk, or whatever it is, is munching away on it but I’m wondering, what’s the best way to put a fix on these two …?
TOM: Alright. Well, first of all, what kind of siding do you have?
GINO: Well, Jesus, the siding is concrete, you know?
TOM: So the holes are in the concrete?
TOM: Alright. Then the foam that you put in there is fine but what you’ll find is that that foam does not hold up to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, so it breaks down. So what you really need here is to use an epoxy patching compound; it’s a cement patching material that has epoxy in it that adheres very, very well. If they’re deep holes, it’s OK to use the expandable foam to kind of take up some of the space in that hole but …
LESLIE: And then coat over it.
TOM: Right. But the top coat should be an epoxy compound, an epoxy patching compound.
GINO: Very good. Appreciate your comments here.
TOM: You’re welcome, Gino. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.