Monday, December 12, 2011

A Guide to Repairing Vinyl Siding

Here is a great article about repairing your siding yourself.  A basic "do-it-yourself" guide to repairing your own siding written by Judy Wellsworth.  Its a great read and really makes the process seem pretty easy which in reality it is.

This article is a 'Do It Yourself' Guide to Repairing Vinyl Siding. It talks about all the requirements to perform the repair. It is a step by step guide to the process. Cracks can sometimes occur in vinyl siding if it's struck while temperatures are low. Wait until spring to initiate the repair. If your siding has been cracked or punctured, or has pulled away from the house, you may need to initiate a repair.

In case you cannot identify the portion of the siding that has been damaged, before you start the repair, I would strongly recommend that you visit a professional and ask him for his help. This will only make sure that in the process of repair, you don't end up damaging parts of the siding that wasn't damaged.

User Guide to Repair One's Vinyl Siding
Once you have identified the damaged piece and are sure that you want to 'do-it-yourself', you will need:
- A new section that matches the damaged section exactly
- A special "zipper" to separate the panels
- Polyurethane caulking
- A utility knife
- A carpenter's square
- A pencil
- Tin snips or a backsaw

Your work will go more easily for you if you initiate the repair when it's warm outside; it'll be easier to manipulate the vinyl if it is flexible. Don't try anything if there is a layer of ice on the siding. It will shatter into pieces if you do so.

Repair your Vinyl Siding
To start the repair, use the zipper to unlock the panel next to or above the damaged one. Lift it up and pry out the nails that hold the damaged panel in place.

Mark cutting lines on each side of the damaged area using a carpenter's square and pencil.
Cut the panel along the lines with tin snips or a backsaw and remove the damaged section.
Cut a replacement piece 2 inches longer than the section you just removed to allow for a 1-inch overlap on each end. (Cut only 1 inch longer if the damaged section ends at a corner or joint.)
Snap the top edge of the new section in place and nail it with aluminum box nails long enough to penetrate 1 inch into the studs. Using the zipper, snap in the other edge. This will mark the end of the repair and it will look new.

Vinyl Siding Repairs on holes:
To perform this, you need to take a small piece of vinyl siding and place it from behind the puncture. Place the punctured siding on a flat surface and then place the siding from the back and fix them together with cement and glue. Once you have done this, the process of repair has come to and end and you don't need to worry about those holes been seen by guests who visit your house.

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