Wind is often the culprit responsible for working loose a piece of aluminum or vinyl siding. In most cases, homeowners can quickly learn how to fix loose siding, especially with help from this article. You’ll probably only need to reconnect the J-shaped buttock with the top locking ridge. If you’re working with aluminum siding, take care not to bend it and watch out for sharp edges.
Most home supply and hardware stores sell siding removal tools. They are affordable and make working with the siding much easier.
- Work gloves
- Siding removal tool
- Ladder, if necessary
- Galvanized steel or aluminum roofing nails, if necessary
- Hammer and nails, optional
- Caulking gun, optional
How to Fix Loose Siding Steps
- Fit the siding removal tool underneath the lower edge of the loose siding piece.
- Gently pull with the tool as you move along the loose piece. This process lets you find the full extent of the disconnection between pieces.
- Once you locate all areas of looseness, begin snapping the loose edge back into place against the locking ridge.
- You could place a small bead of silicone caulk along the groove to help the connection stick together. If you do this, be careful to wipe off excess caulk so that it is not visible.
If the nail hem needs new nails:
- Use the siding removal tool to gently expose the nail hem that needs new nails.
- Purchase galvanized steel or aluminum roofing nails with a head at least 3/8 inch in size.
- Drive new nails into the center of the slots on the siding nail hem.
- Snap the bottom edge of the piece of siding into top locking ridge over the nail hem.
Consider Professional Siding Repair
A couple reasons might warrant calling PJ Fitzpatrick for professional siding repairs. Siding pieces that keep coming loose could indicate improper installation. Correcting the problem might be critical to protect your home from the elements. Siding in high places might also present a problem if you want to avoid working on a ladder. The team at PJ Fitzpatrick can handle siding repair jobs of any size. Contact us today to request an estimate.