Fixing a minor amount of damage to vinyl siding is a quick job for a handy homeowner. The size of the hole influences the steps for how to fix a hole in vinyl siding. The most difficult part of the project will likely be finding a tinted caulk or new siding piece that matches your house color. You might need to visit a siding wholesaler or contractor-supply store to find tinted siding caulk. In this article, the siding experts at PJ Fitzpatrick share detailed step by step instructions for your project.
Tools and Materials
You might not need everything on this supply list when learning how to fix a hole in vinyl siding. The size of the hole determines your approach to the job.
- Tinted siding caulk or paintable exterior caulk
- Exterior paint in siding color
- Utility knife or razor blade
- Siding zip tool
- Foil tape
- Piece of replacement siding
- Construction adhesive
- Ladder, if hole is high on the wall
Fix Small Vinyl Siding Hole
- Fill the hole to overflowing with tinted or paintable caulk.
- Let the caulk cure according to package directions, usually a few days.
- Trim the caulk flush with the siding.
- Paint the caulk if you could not find tinted siding caulk in the right color.
Fix Medium Vinyl Siding Hole
- Unlock the bottom of the broken piece of siding with a siding zip tool (found at home improvement stores).
- Attach foil tape smoothly across the back of the siding over the hole.
- Lock the siding piece back into place.
- Spread a thin layer of matching siding caulk over the exposed foil tape.
- Alternatively paint the caulk if you could not get matching caulk.
Fix Large Vinyl Siding Hole
- Obtain a matching piece of siding. Ideally, you’ll have a few leftover pieces around from the original siding installation. Otherwise, try to find a matching piece from a siding supplier.
- Cut the replacement piece larger than the damaged area.
- Cut off the top nailing strip on replacement piece.
- Hold the replacement piece over the damage. If you need to cut off the bottom lip of the replacement piece to make it fit, go ahead and trim it off.
- Permanently attach the new piece over damage with construction adhesive.
When to Hire Professionals
Extensive siding damage or the presence of structural damage beneath the siding will benefit from professional attention. PJ Fitzpatrick has a long-established reputation for excellence in siding and roofing in the Delaware Valley. Contact us today for help with your siding project.