Ten Easy Steps to Repair Your Vinyl Siding
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
- 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.
- Pull the siding away from the house, and cut the bottom away.
Aviation snips are excellent for this.
- A zip tool will pull the siding away from the top. Find this
and the aviation snips at your local home supply store.
- Pull the siding out, taking care to remove the nails with it.
Measure and discard the damaged piece.
- 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,
- 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.
- 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.
- Install the replacement piece over the damaged area. Attach it
well with roofing nails.
- Slide the handy zip tool along the bottom edge of the siding.
The siding should engage with the strip below it.
- 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
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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