What Steps Are Involved In Siding Replacement?

Posted on: 28 December 2017

Years of exposure to the elements have taken their toll on your siding, causing your home exterior to look rather drab. Or maybe one or two pieces of your siding have been damaged as a result of a barbecue fire.

Vinyl siding can melt, crack and fade. Whether you are looking to replace a few pieces or whether you want a complete facelift, siding replacement is possible. For a big job, you are advised to seek the services of a professional.

Below is a step by step guide on how to replace a few pieces of damaged siding.

  • If you have a zip tool, use it to unhook the damaged siding from the siding below it.
  • If you do not have the zip tool, you can use a screwdriver. Reach for the edge of the strip above the damaged strip with a screwdriver and pry between the J channel and siding to loosen it.
  • Pull out the nails to release the damaged siding and pull it downwards. It will come loose. Release it from the J-channel on the side and pull it out.
  • You may need to remove more pieces around the damaged piece to create sufficient working room.
  • Measure the length you'll need, horizontally from one J channel to the other. Give a little allowance for expansion;  about ¼ inch on either side
  • Replace the new siding at an angle first into the left and then into the right slot.
  • Make sure the siding is firmly locked into the lower piece in place and does not move down. However, ensure it moves across.
  • Fasten siding with nails. Put the nail in the middle of the slot and hammer down. It should not be too loose or too tight. It should allow for horizontal movement of the siding to create room for expansion.
  • To lock the new siding, push it back in place. Make sure it locks into the siding below it and into the J channel on either side. Put back the remaining sidings.

It is best to repair your vinyl siding in warm weather when the vinyl is more pliable. In cold weather, the vinyl will be hard and may crack. Siding repair can be simple or complex depending on the magnitude of the job. You can easily replace a few pieces of siding yourself. However, for bigger jobs, you are better off seeking the services of a professional, such as Wayne Siding & Home Improvements .