Vinyl siding is a popular exterior covering for many homes across the United States. It’s not only easy to install, but it’s also affordable, and it makes a building look clean and attractive.
The only problem with some thin types of vinyl siding is that it tends to crack and break rather easily. This can create holes in this exterior covering that make your house look unsightly. Even if the holes are fairly small, they can also allow water, snow, and ice to get into the material underneath the vinyl siding. Depending on what the material underneath is, holes may also allow small creatures to burrow inside too.
Most experts recommend that, in order to repair a hole in vinyl correctly, you need to replace the entire strip of siding. If you need to do this, then hopefully you have some spare strips left from the original siding job. If you don’t, then that makes matching the color, thickness, and the grain of your siding that much harder.
Keep in mind that even if you know who the manufacturer is, the specific vinyl siding you have on your house may have been discontinued. You may have to choose a vinyl siding that is similar to the product that’s on your house. Also, once you locate some suitable spare siding, it would be a good idea to purchase more than one strip so you have extra pieces for later use.
You also have to take into account that, if the vinyl siding on your house has been up awhile, then its color will be faded and changed – even slightly, if not moreso – because of the harmful effects of the sunlight and other elements.
Basically, the first step to replace a strip of vinyl siding is to carefully use a flat – headed screw driver to loosen the lip of the interlocking piece of siding. You will need to loosen the strip of siding that is above the damaged piece. This is because that is where the holding nails are located. Unsnap the pieces apart, then use the screw driver to lift the heads of the nails up slightly.
Now, use a claw hammer or a small crow bar to remove the nails that are holding the siding onto your house. Remove anything else, such as a corner post, spouting, gutter, et cetera, that might be attached to the damaged strip of vinyl siding. Then, completely remove it from your home by pushing the piece down and out of the interlocking lip.
The second step is to use the damaged strip as a pattern for the new siding. Place it on top of the old strip and use a pencil to mark any areas that need trimmed down or cut out. Do this carefully with a sharp pair of tin snips or a utility knife. Then, position the new piece of siding into the hole on your house. Slide it into place from below, and pull it up to hook on the starter strip. Use the claw hammer to nail the strip of vinyl siding down.
Use the same nail holes if you can. If using them makes the strip too loose, then remove the nails and move them to new holes. Don’t forget to leave a thirty – second of an inch in between the nail head and the strip so the vinyl siding has room to expand.
Finally, push the strip above the repaired piece back into place. Use a flat – headed screw driver to pull the lip down and snap it into place. Use your fingers to tug on each of the two pieces to make sure they are properly secured into place.