Repairing Damaged Vinyl Siding

Dings to vinyl siding are inevitable. Falling tree branches and wind storms are only the beginning of the list of dangers vinyl siding has to endure on a daily basis. The only satisfactory way of fixing the hole is to just replace the entire piece of damaged siding.

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You'll need a special vinyl siding repair tool called a removal tool.

  1. Remove the panel above the damaged one. Start at a corner and work the vinyl siding removal tool up under the piece of siding. Pull the tool to unsnap the panel and then move it along the bottom of the panel to loosen the entire piece. This will expose the nailing strip on the panel that needs to be removed.
  2. Pull the nails. A claw hammer resting on a small length of wood will give you leverage to pull the nails securing the damaged piece. Avoid crushing the foam.
  3. Pull the damaged panel. Just push downward.
  4. Match the color. Hopefully you have a spare piece. If you don't you'll have to take the removed panel to a dealer and see what you can find that's close.
  5. Cut to size. Use tin snips or a hand saw to cut the new piece to fit if needed.
  6. Install the new vinyl siding panel. The lip will snap into place when you push it upwards.
  7. Nail it. Leave a fraction of an inch between the nail head and the panel to allow for lengthwise expansion and contraction throughout the year.
  8. Finish the job. Use the removal tool to stretch the lower lip of the panel above and snap it into place. Run it along the panel and push the panel in as you go.

Repairing vinyl siding is an easy chore for a do-it-yourselfer.

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