While vinyl siding is incredibly durable, it can sometimes be damaged by a family member, the next-door neighbors, nature, and more. If you have a crack, hole, or break in your vinyl siding, replacing it is easy as long as you can find the same vinyl color. (If you need to, you can remove the piece and take it to your local home improvement store to match it exactly.) Here, our vinyl siding repair experts share how to replace your piece of damaged siding:
What you’ll need to replace vinyl siding:
- Zip tool
- Flat bar
- New vinyl siding piece(s)
- Table saw/Circular saw
- Hammer, nails
- First, locate the damaged piece(s) of vinyl siding that you want to replace.
- Next, start at one end of the damaged siding piece and slide your zip tool along the bottom edge.
- Once you feel the tool hook, pull the tool down and out to unhook the damaged piece from the piece below it.
- Continue to slide the zip tool along the edge until the entire piece is freed.
- After that, slide your flat bar behind the vinyl siding.
- Use the flat bar to remove the nails.
- Next, use a table saw or circular saw to cut a new piece of vinyl siding to the same size as the damaged one. (You can even use the damaged piece as a size guide.)
- Slide your new siding piece up into the open area and push up on it until the lower lip locks in with the piece of vinyl siding below it.
- After that, use your hammer and nails to drive a nail into the siding every eight to 12 inches or so. (We also recommend leaving about 1/8″ between each nail and the wall because siding expands.)
- Use your zip tool to grab and move the upper piece of vinyl siding over the new piece and lock it into place.
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