How to Replace Metal Siding Corner Pieces
Metal siding corners can be difficult to repair or replace. However, repair or replacement is possible with a little bit of time and effort. You may find that some corner pieces can simply be repaired while others will need to be replaced. This is something that you will be able to figure out as you go. Simply looking at each piece will be able to tell you which category they fall under.
Step 1 – Score
The first thing that you are going to need to do is get out your utility knife and get both sides of the damaged corner piece and score either side of it. You will need to make sure that you leave the nailing strips in place. If you find that scoring is not doing the trick, then set this one aside to be replaced.
Step 2 – Removal
In order to get these pieces out, you will need to get a hold of them with a pair of pliers and wiggle them. You will do this until they are out of their spot. This may take a few minutes to do. It will have a lot to do with how damaged the piece is and how long it has been there. Take your time and try not to damage it anymore than it already is in case it is one that you will be able to use again.
Step 3 – Nailing Strips
You will now need to get the nailing strips cut off of the replacement section. Look at each one thoroughly as you do this. If it looks like it is not something that you are going to be able to fix, and then simply set it aside in the pile that will need to be replaced.
Step 4 – Repairing
For the pieces that can be repaired, you will simply need to get a bead of silicone caulk and run it along the flanges of the pieces that can be fixed. Do not do this along the pieces that need to be replaced. You will then get the new piece held up to the existing nailing strips and push them into place. The caulk will temporarily hold it into place. Fasten the replacements so that they are now permanent. You will do this with blind rivets.
Step 5 – Replacement
For the pieces that you need to replace, simply take them down to your local hardware store and make sure that the new ones you get are of the same size. Once you have them, take them home and put them into place. Make sure that you take your time in doing this as it can be tricky. You will simply need to work backwards in how you removed them. It is always a good idea for you to use hardware that is galvanized so that you can keep it from rusting a lot over time.