How to Use a Siding Removal Tool


If you want to remove siding from your home, consider using a siding removal tool to make the job easier and quicker. A siding removal tool—also called a zip tool—is inexpensive and can be found at most hardware or home improvement stores. The zip tool features a hook-like end that is designed to hook underneath the edge of the siding to separate it from panel below. Use the siding removal tool properly and you can have your siding removed in no time.

  • Start at a corner of the siding panel you wish to remove. If you are removing the siding from an entire surface, as opposed to just one siding panel, begin at the top of the structure and work your way toward the bottom.

  • Slide the siding removal tool beneath the lower lip of the siding panel while using a curving motion to hook it. There will be a small notch on the lower lip of the panel to which the tool will attach. It is difficult to see but can be felt once you get the tool underneath the panel.

  • Pull downward on the zip tool to unlock the siding panel from the panel below. Slide the tool all the way to the other end of the panel, while constantly pulling downward. The panel will now be unlocked from the panel below and can be removed with your hands.

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