If you’re an avid DIYer, you may want to learn how to replace one piece of siding. While vinyl siding is durable and long-lasting, unexpected damages by wind and debris can occur, leaving your home unprotected and lowering its curb appeal. If you want to try fixing a piece of siding on your own, here are the tools you’ll need and the steps to follow. The team at PJ Fitzpatrick are siding repair and replacement experts, if you would like to hire a professional to fix your siding, just give us a call.
Tools and Materials Needed
As a professional home improvement company, we know the importance of using the right tools for the job. Replacing a piece of vinyl siding requires several tools that you need to gather before you begin the project.
You Will Need:
- New piece of matching siding
- Zip tool
- Flat pry bar
- 1-1/4” Roofing nails
Steps to Replace One Piece of Siding
Once you’ve gathered all of the necessary tools, you can refer to the steps in this section to learn how to replace one piece of vinyl siding. We recommend completing this project during warmer weather when the siding is more flexible. Cold temperatures could cause cracks or additional damage.
- To release the damaged piece of vinyl siding, run the zip tool along the bottom edge.
- Using the same process in step one, unzip the piece of siding above the damaged piece and hold it out of the way.
- Carefully slide the flat pry bar behind the damaged siding in order to pry out the nails.
- Place the replacement piece of siding in the proper location, pushing up until the lower lip locks with the piece below.
- Near the old nail holes (every 16” or so) hammer 1-1/4” roofing nails into the new piece of siding to hold it in place. Be sure to leave a bit of space between the nail heads and the siding so the vinyl can expand and contract as necessary during temperature fluctuations.
- Using the zip tool, lock the piece of siding above the new piece down. Force the lip of the siding into its original position, slide the zip tool along while pushing the siding down with your other hand until it pops into place.
Even the best DIYers need a little help sometimes. If you’d rather have this project completed by the professionals at PJ Fitzpatrick, be sure to fill out our estimate form to get started today.