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How to Repair Vinyl Siding in 10 Simple Steps

Vinyl Siding
Vinyl Siding

Fixing the siding of the house can be an issue if you are not aware of what exactly needs to be done and embark on a DIY project. Read this article to know about the 10 steps for repairing a vinyl sliding.

Siding of a house can require replacement for a variety of reasons. It could range from regular wear and tear from the weather, melting from the heat of a grill, or even being too old.

Step 1: Use a simple siding tool or screw driver to get under the siding and pull it away from the wall. Also be sure to loosen a slat of siding that’s above the one you want to remove. Because the siding is locked, using a screwdriver is a more difficult way of removing the siding versus using a siding tool that can be picked up from any home repair store.

Step 2: To get the nails out from under the siding, use a regular claw hammer to pull nails out. Many, if not all, of the nails can be re-used to attach new siding to the house, so save all the nails you pull out.

Step 3: Once the siding has been unlocked and the nails removed, pull the siding off by pulling it down, and it will come right off.

Step 4: Continue pulling out nails and pulling off siding on all necessary slats; remember, start from the highest slat and work your way down the wall of siding.

Step 5: Measure the part of your wall where the siding used to be. Never measure siding you pulled off, especially if warped from heat, because it will not be the correct size. Use a measuring tape to know how long to cut replacement siding.

Step 6: When cutting the new siding, cut 1/4 to 3/8 inch shorter than your measurements. This is to allow the paneling to expand under the heat of the sun, which it will. If you do not leave room for the siding to expand, it will expand and without room and it will either warp, grow bubbles, or look uneven.

Step 7: The most efficient and cleanest way to cut vinyl siding is with a circular saw. If you are replacing only one slat, using a pair of tin snips is probably the easiest way.

Step 8: Fit the siding back in to open spaces. Make sure it locks, and double and triple check this because making sure it is locked is the key to making sure the siding looks good and stays durable for a long time. Check that it is locked by putting slight downward pressure on the slat; if the slat does not move, it is secure.

Step 9: Put nails back in to the siding. Do not hammer the nail in too loosely or the nails will fall out; do not hammer the nail in too tightly because you want the siding to be able to move and thus expand under heat. Center the slat of siding and center the nail in one of the holes. After you hammer in the first nail, make sure to space out nails every 16-inches.

Step 10: Tighten up the last slat (the one above the slat you replaced). This may require some force but it is doable. Locking this last slat is the key to making sure that the siding stays in place during all types of weather.

By using these 10 simple steps you can easily repair your vinyl siding yourself.

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