Unlike many home repairs you have to deal with, replacing damaged siding is a fairly easy job. This is a repair job that homeowners with children, or grandchildren, become accustom to as balls and other things will eventually dent the siding somewhere. Vinyl siding is the easiest material to work with compared to others.
Depending upon the size of the repair that needs to be done, you can choose to fix the entire side of the home, or just the panel. You will need to find a matching piece of siding. If your home is 20 years old, this can be hard. Some of the siding made back then will not match what is sold on the market now. If this happens, you may end up replacing all of the siding on your home. When you get to this point, consider calling our Ogden siding company to provide an evaluation of your current siding.
Vinyl Siding Replacement
If you are replacing a single damaged piece, start with a vinyl removal tool. This will help you to correctly remove the nails. Vinyl siding is nailed at the top, then it interlocks to the next piece on the bottom. Remove the nails and carefully disconnect the damaged piece from the other pieces. Once you have the old piece out, use it to measure and cut the new piece you need to install.
Cut the new piece to the right size. If you are doing a patch job, the cutting part should be only as big as the section you remove. You don’t want it to overlap by more than a few inches. If you are replacing an entire section, make the cut so it is flush with the seams of the other pieces. The longer the piece, the more the seams will spread apart. A longer piece will make your siding look nicer.
Slide your new piece in place, bottom up. Then secure the top piece with the nail hem. If you have to cut off the nail hem to get a straight top slide, use a sharp utility knife. You might need to make several cuts to get the right dimensions with the siding. Once you have it in place and you secure it with nails or rivets, you want to make sure they match the color of the siding. You can always paint them to match so they do not stand out and make your home look unappealing.
This is a simple repair job to use for a while. Remember that over the years, siding will take a major beating from the sun and weather. You need to consider a replacement if your siding is starting to age.
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