Vinyl siding isn't invincible. It can be damaged by wind, hail, or even the random baseball thrown at your house by your eleven year old. It happens all the time, but you don't have to leave that piece of damaged siding up any longer. You can make small repairs to your siding yourself with just a few tools and a little bit of know-how. See below for instructions on how to change a piece of damaged siding and how to repair a small hole.
Replacing A Damaged Siding Panel
Tools For The Job:
- Siding removal tool
- Pry bar
- First look for the horizontal seam on the siding panel, which separates the two panels.
- Put your siding removal tool into the seam where the panels overlap and pull down and out.
- Pull any nails out from the panel with your pry bar or hammer as you move along, pulling the panel out.
- Take out as many panels as necessary, being sure to pull out any exposed nails.
- Replace your piece of siding, by pushing the new piece of siding into the piece below and nailing it into place with your hammer. Repeat for any other pieces of siding that need replacing. Be sure to hammer your nails into new holes in your house, so they have a good grip.
Repairing Small Holes In Your Vinyl Siding
Tools For The Job:
- Colored caulk (find a color to match your siding, if not use paintable caulk)
- Putty knife
- Fill your hole with your colored caulk. If you couldn't find caulk to match your siding color, you can use a paintable caulk. Be sure to fill the hole entirely, you don't want water, insects or animals to be able to get into your siding. All of these things can cause extensive damage to your home.
- Use your putty knife to make your caulk job as even as possible.
- Once your caulk is try, scrape any excess off using your putty knife or a sharp razor. Repeat the caulking job if necessary.
- Finally, when you are satisfied with your caulking job you can paint over the caulk (if you were unable to find caulk to match your siding).
For extensive damage from wind, hail or other things, you may want to call a siding expert like Professional Home Improvement Inc to have your home inspected. There could be damage to your home beneath your siding, which you will want to have repaired as well.