How to Replace Siding on Our House


Although home siding can last for decades with the proper maintenance, all siding types are still subject to damage. When your siding experiences damage, replacement of a piece or the entirety of the siding installation may be necessary. Removing the siding can be a task even more involved than the siding installation. Once removed however, you can install new siding pieces in place using the same installation process as that used to place the old siding.

Things You'll Need

  • Straight-handled siding removal tool
  • Utility knife
  • Hammer with claw
  • Chisel
  • Measuring tape
  • Replacement siding panels
  • Siding nails
  • Circular saw
  • Remove vinyl and aluminum siding panels by removing them from the nailing strips securing them to your home. Slip the hook of the straight-handled siding removal tool beneath the lower edge of the siding panel. Pull upwards to disengage the edge from the nailing strip holding it in place. Continue down the panel length, unhooking the panel until the entire lower edge of the panel is free from the strip. Cut the siding using a utility knife to remove a partial panel.

  • Place the hook of the removal tool at the upper corner of the unhooked siding panel under the lower edge of the panel directly above it. Locate the notch on the end of the panel and slide the tool into the notch to hook the edge of the upper panel. Pull in a downward motion to unlock the upper panel from the unhooked panel. Continue down the length of the panel until the upper panel is detached from the lower unhooked panel. Detaching the upper panel should expose the nailing strip holding the unhooked panel onto the wall.

  • Remove the nails from the nailing strip using the claw of the hammer and then push down the panel to remove it from the wall.

  • Remove wood siding panels by removing the nails holding it in place. Remove a part of the panel, if only needing to replace a portion of the wood, by cutting the panel around the replacement area using a circular saw with the blade depth set to slightly less than the width of the siding panel. Remove the cut portion by removing only those nails securing the partial panel in place. Pry the panel from the surface, using a chisel and hammer to finish the cut if necessary.

  • Place a replacement vinyl or aluminum panel by hooking the bottom of the panel to the panel beneath. Press the nailing strip onto the wall beneath the panel above it and nail it into place using siding nails. Hook the top panel into the replacement panel using the removal tool to complete the replacement panel installation. Replace partial panels by measuring the replacement area and cutting a piece with a utility knife to match before the installation.

  • Replace wood siding by pressing the groove on the lower rear of the panel against the top of the panel beneath it. Press the panel onto the wall beneath the panel above it and then nail it into place using siding nails placed in the studs of the walls. Lower the top panel to cover the newly placed lower panel to complete the replacement process. Replace a partial piece by measuring the replacement area and cutting the length of siding to fit.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not nail the siding tight to the wall as you will need to allow space for the siding to expand.
  • Use the same process for replacing wood siding to replace cement fiberboard siding.

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