How To Repair Damaged Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is one of the cheaper options in siding your home.  Unfortunately, it is also the most prone to damage.  Vinyl siding can become brittle in extreme cold and can blister in extreme heat.  

If you hire a professional, fixing vinyl siding can cost you $300 or more.  This guide will cost you around $10.  Before you do anything, make sure that vinyl siding which matches that on your home is in stock and available.

  1. The first thing to do is to go to any hardware store and pick up a zip tool.  It is also called a vinyl siding remover.  It will cost about $4.
  2. Using the zip tool, remove the damaged section of vinyl siding.  To do this, you need to "unlock" the vinyl siding.  Insert the zip tool under the lower lip of the siding panel and pull downward to unhook the upper piece of siding from the lower piece.  Continue this same action all the way to the other end of the siding.
  3. The damaged vinyl siding piece will now be flapping, and you will need to remove the nails.  Using the reverse side of a hammer or a small pry bar, remove each nail.
  4. Next you will need to remove the damaged area of siding with tin snips.  These can also be purchased at any hardware store.  You could also use a table or circular saw.  Use care not to cut too high or low or damage any more siding.
  5. You will now need to cut down your replacement vinyl siding.  Make sure you have a straightedge to ensure a clean, straight cut.  Using a sharp utility knife, tin snips or a table saw cut your piece about 3 inches larger than the vinyl siding piece you are replacing, leaving about 1.5 inches on each side.
  6. Slide the replacement piece into the space from which you removed the damaged vinyl siding.  Hammer the new nails into the nail hem to hold the piece in place.  Space the nails out by about 12 inches and make sure to leave the nail head sticking out about 1/32 inch.  Siding can expand, so you want to leave room.  Try to nail into the same hole if you can.
  7. Hook the piece's bottom edge into the lock of the top edge of the piece below it.  Push it up until it snaps into place.  Using your zip tool, snap the replaced vinyl siding piece's top edge into place.


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