If there was an accident or storm damage that cracked your vinyl siding, you want to have it repaired before rain leaks through the cracks and causes further damage or mold. Plus, cracked siding is an eyesore, especially if it is in an obvious place on the front of your home. Repairing vinyl siding isn't too difficult. One of the hardest parts is to match the color well enough so the repairs aren't noticeable. Here are some tips for getting a good color match with the replacement siding panels.
Use Existing Faded Panels
The reason it is difficult to match colors in replacement panels is because vinyl siding gradually fades as it is exposed to the sun. Even if you keep a few spare pieces from the original installation, the color may not match after a few years of sun exposure. One way around this is to take faded panels from a hidden place on your home and move them to the damaged area. Since these are faded too, they should blend right in. Then you can put the new siding pieces in an area where they won't be seen, such as near the ground behind flowers and bushes.
Take A Sample To A Paint Store
Another option is to take a piece of the siding to a paint store so you can find a paint color that matches it closely. Then, you can buy new panels close to the original color and paint them for a better match. Be sure to buy paint made for vinyl. Vinyl siding expands and contracts along with changes in the outdoor temperature, so you want a flexible paint material that stretches without flaking and cracking.
Match The Color To New Panels
If your siding is fairly new, you may get lucky and find a very close match at a home improvement store or a vinyl siding outlet. If you have the original documentation or warranty, you may have the exact model and color of your siding. If you don't, you'll need to visually match it since siding usually isn't stamped with any identifiers. As long as the siding hasn't been installed long enough to fade and you have a common brand of siding, you may be able to find a very close color match by comparing a sample of your siding to the selection available in a store.
If you're doing the repairs yourself and you only have to repair a small crack, then the color doesn't have to be an exact match because as long as the color is close, it will probably blend in. If the crack affects several panels, then you may want to let a contractor make the repairs so the work is invisible. The last thing you want is a large section of your siding to stand out because you can't get a close color match.