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Ten Easy Steps to Repair Your Vinyl Siding

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January 19, 2011

Vinyl siding is one of those great products that provides faithful service for decades. But, even the toughest home products sometimes need repair. If you have a section of vinyl siding that's dinged, cracked, or suffered an impact that left a crater, it's time to get your tools and fix the problem!

Easy Vinyl Siding Repair

Ready to fix that vinyl siding problem? It's easier than you think.

  1. Using a framing square and utility knife, carefully cut through the facing of the damaged siding. Cut about one inch on either side of the damaged area.
  2. Pull the siding away from the house, and cut the bottom away. Aviation snips are excellent for this.
  3. A zip tool will pull the siding away from the top. Find this and the aviation snips at your local home supply store.
  4. Pull the siding out, taking care to remove the nails with it. Measure and discard the damaged piece.
  5. Look closely at the area underneath the damaged siding. Does the damage extend beyond the siding? If the damage behind the siding is significant, call a building professional to assess the situation. No damage? Then, continue.
  6. Find an inconspicuous area of your home where the siding is a bit faded. This siding will match much better than a brand-new strip. Carefully cut out a piece of siding two inches longer than the one you just removed.
  7. Using the aviation snips, cut away a few inches of the top and bottom of the replacement strip. This will make it easier to fit where you need it.
  8. Install the replacement piece over the damaged area. Attach it well with roofing nails.
  9. Slide the handy zip tool along the bottom edge of the siding. The siding should engage with the strip below it.
  10. Remember the spot where you removed the old siding to replace the damaged piece with a better match? Use a new piece of siding to cover up that place. Install it just as you installed the new piece of siding in the repaired area.

A Final Word About Repairing Siding

If you aren't sure about repairing the problem yourself, or if you have a large section of heavily damaged vinyl siding, call a professional siding contractor. Significant damage to your siding could mean serious damage underneath, and that requires expert attention.

About the author: Shannon Dauphin is a journalist and occasional novelist with a serious weakness for real estate. Her current home was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her necessary hobbies.

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