How to Replace Damaged Vinyl Siding
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner repair sections of his vinyl siding that have holes
- When vinyl siding is first installed, it is nailed through a nailing strip. The bottom of the next course is locked into the nailing strip of the course below.
- When replacing siding, try to purchase a piece from the same manufacturer in the same color.
- Work your hand into a seam between pieces, then release the siding from the nailing strip.
- Pull the nails holding the damaged siding and remove the damaged piece.
- Push the new piece into the nailing strip of the course below.
- Nail the siding loosely to allow for expansion and contraction.
- If the whole piece of siding isn’t damaged, the damaged section can be cut away using a utility knife and speed square.
- Cut the patch long. Remove a piece of the nailing strip and on the back to allow for expansion and contraction.
- To lock the final piece in place, use a zip tool.
Tom uses a zip tool to reinstall vinyl siding, which can be found at the local home center.
Replacement siding can be found at a building products store or a vinyl siding distributor.