How to Replace Siding


Vinyl siding is a durable product that protects your home from the elements -- relatively maintenance free -- but it isn't indestructible. From time to time, a hail storm, wayward golf ball or other minor catastrophe can damage one or more pieces of your home's siding. When you've had the foresight to keep an extra piece or two on hand you can pat yourself on the back and take a few minutes to pop in a replacement -- if not, the task may require ordering new materials.

Things You'll Need

  • Siding removal tool
  • Matching siding
  • Prybar
  • Ladder (as necessary)
  • Tin snips
  • Slide the siding removal tool, which resembles a small, curved crow bar, under the damaged piece of vinyl siding. Pull down and out to release the siding from the piece it is interlocked with. Move the tool down the broken piece to break the lock across its entire length. With a pry bar, reach under the broken piece and find the nails holding the piece you need to replace. Pull out the nails. Lift the piece from its bottom edge and fold it up against the house. This should release the piece from the one above it, freeing the damaged siding piece.

  • Take the piece to a large hardware retailer to find a match for the piece, if you do not have any left from the installation. A simple white, yellow, beige or gray this should be easy to match by color and width. If you have an unusual color or style you have to settle for the closest match available. A special order may be necessary in some cases. Do not discard the old damaged piece.

  • Take the old piece and cut the new piece with tin snips to match the length. Slide the new piece up and click into the groove in the upper slot. pull the new section down as far as you can and push into place and lock into the lower piece of siding. You will not be able to replace the nails, but that is fine -- the surrounding pieces will hold the new one in place.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the new piece is not a perfect match due to fading or dye lot, move a piece from a less visible part of the house, like behind foundation plantings or under a raised deck. Replace that piece with the new piece. This way the non-matching piece is out of sight.
  • Do this in the summer. Vinyl siding cracks easily if it is cold. Older siding is even more brittle.
  • Remove the damaged piece carefully, if it has been there a while bats or wasps may have made a new home inside the hole.

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