Simple Vinyl Siding Repairs: Patching a Small Crack

First the good news: If you discover a small crack in a panel of your vinyl siding, there's no need to replace the whole panel. If the crack is fairly minor and the rest of the panel is still in good condition, you can repair it by simply gluing a small scrap of matching siding material over the crack on the reverse side of the panel.

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Now for the not-so-good news: In order to access the reverse side and repair the panel, you need to remove it from the wall using a special tool called a vinyl siding zipper, which probably means a trip to the hardware store. While you're there, you'll also want to make sure you have a small amount of matching vinyl siding material, PVC cement, and a hammer with a nail-removing end.

Repairing a Cracked Vinyl Siding Panel in 6 Easy Steps

Here are the steps you should follow when performing this particular vinyl siding repair job.

  1. Use the zipper tool to pry the damaged panel away from the panels above and below it.
  2. Use your hammer to pull out the nails holding the damaged panel in place at the top and remove it.
  3. Once you have the damaged panel out, wash it with a gentle soap like dish detergent to prepare the surface.
  4. Next, glue the vinyl scrap over the crack on the back side of the damaged panel using PVC cement.
  5. When the glue dries, use a hammer to nail the repaired panel in again.
  6. Use the zipper tool to snap the repaired panel back in place.

After this simple fix your repaired vinyl siding panel should be fit, once again, to protect your home's exterior for years to come.

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