Viny House Siding Repair Viny House Siding Repair

What You'll Need
A section of vinyl siding that matches the damaged part of your vinyl house siding
A zip tool
Utility knife
Tin snips
Galvanized nails
Carpenters square
Claw hammer

In addition to decorative purposes, vinyl house siding is also used for weatherproofing. Vinyl siding is an exterior plastic shield that is used as an alternative to traditional siding materials such as aluminium siding, wood siding, and fiber cement siding. Vinyl house siding is the most fragile of all materials as it easily breaks or cracks during cold weather; it also melts when exposed to severe heat. It is very expensive to hire a repair man or a contractor to fix your vinyl house sidings but if you decide to do it on your own, you can choose the materials and tools you need to save a lot of money in return.

Step 1 – Acquire the Replacement for the Damaged Vinyl Siding

Be sure to find a section of vinyl siding that matches the damaged portion to be replaced. There are a number of factors to consider when seeking a replacement for your damaged vinyl siding; these include color, patterns and textures. It is best to take a piece of vinyl siding that was left over from the original installation to the supply store.  A contractor or hardware store clerk may be able to help you find a section of matching vinyl siding in a manufacturer’s catalog in the event that your piece is hard to match in the store .

Step 2 – Unlocking the Vinyl Siding

Remove the broken section by unlocking the panel above or next to the damaged section of the vinyl house siding using a zip tool.

Step 3 – Remove the Nails

Lift up the panel by using a crowbar.  Pry out the nails that hold the damaged panel in place with a claw hammer.

Step 4 – Cut Out the Damaged Panel

Carefully cut out the damaged vinyl siding panel using tin snips. Make sure that you do not cut the edges at the top or bottom of the panels.

Step 5 – Cut Out the Replacement Vinyl Siding and Install

Using a utility knife cut the replacement vinyl house siding carefully.  Cut it about two to three inches longer than the damaged section to allow an overlap of an inch or two on each end. Hook the bottom edge of the replacement vinyl house siding into the lock located at the top edge of the piece below the removal. Push the replacement section up until it snaps into place. Nail the replacement panel using galvanized nails that are long enough to penetrate about an inch into the studs; make sure that you leave a gap between the siding and the nail head.

Step 6 – Relock the Top Edge of the New Section of your Vinyl House Siding

Using the zip tool, relock the top edge of the siding once you have your new vinyl house siding installed.

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