The process for replacing a broken piece of vinyl siding is quite simple. But, there are important tips that that should be followed and short cuts that should not be taken.
Vinyl Siding Repair Steps
- First, you will need to use your siding remover tool and place it underneath of the piece of siding that is directly above the piece that is broken; then slide it all the way to the far edge. There will be a small notch on the underside of the siding that the tool should slide into. Once you've found the notch, pull down and slide the tool to release the hold of this piece from the one under it. (The one needing replaced) Once you have this piece completely unhooked lift it up exposing the nails holding in the siding that is broken.
- Carefully remove the nails, being cautious not to dent the foam under the siding. If it is possible, when you put the new siding up, put the nails back into the existing nail holes, this way there is less chance of water leakage. The proper way to hang vinyl siding is to leave the nail out 1/32nd of an inch. The siding will contract and expand with the changing weather conditions; that little bit of slack will ensure that your siding won't break under the change in pressure.
- Now it is time to attach the piece of siding above back to your newly replaced piece. Simply use your siding tool again, place it under the ledge of the unattached piece. You will need to push in on the bottom of the siding while pulling down slightly with the tool to reconnect it. Once it is snapped into place give it a little tug with your hand to make sure it is good and secure, otherwise it could easily rip off when the next storm hits.
By following these simple steps, you can be sure your vinyl siding repair is complete.