How to Fix Holes in your Vinyl Siding

While plastic vinyl siding is much more cost-effective, energy-saving, and lasts longer than un-treated wood siding, it can be a little trickier to fix. Here are some tips on how to fix holes in vinyl siding.

Vinyl Siding

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Vinyl siding, or vinyl cladding as it is also called, looks great on a house or commercial building however the perks don’t stop there; vinyl siding is also much more cost-effective to purchase than wood or aluminium siding, and it’s also more likely to reduce your energy bill. Vinyl siding is as durable as it is stylish, although it isn’t immune to wear and tear from environmental forces such as rain, sleet, snow, hail, or high winds.

As with most synthetic home construction supplies, vinyl siding can be a little tricky to fix and repair. With this in mind, we have compiled a handful of tips for repairing or replacing siding which has fallen victim to environmental damages, and how to know when it is time to replace it.

How to Decide Whether to Replace or Repair Vinyl Siding

Replacing or repairing vinyl siding is much easier than that of aluminium, wood, or brick. There are a few different ways that one might tackle a damaged vinyl cladding repair. Choosing the right course of action first relies on your ability to discern whether you should attempt to repair your vinyl siding, or replace it.

How to Repair Vinyl Cladding

Repairing or patching vinyl cladding is not as difficult a task as it may seem on first blush. If you are looking to do a quick vinyl cladding repair, it’s as easy as cutting a piece of siding that will amply cover up the damage and placing it over the older damaged piece.

Longer pieces cover more space (obviously!) and they also create fewer seams, so even if you’re replacing a small hole or damaged area in your vinyl siding, you may want to go ahead and use a piece that is much larger than the damaged area.

In order to make the necessary repairs, you will need to cut off the top part of your vinyl siding patch; this top piece is called the “nail hem”. Simply slide your piece of siding into place, and then slide it upwards to ensure the buttlock is flush before riveting it back into place.

How to Replace Vinyl Cladding

Replacing vinyl cladding is just about as easy as patching it, however you will need an additional tool called a vinyl siding removal tool. This tool is designed to help you remove siding from a wall without damaging it or the vinyl siding which surrounds it.

Simply disconnect and remove the panel of siding you would like to replace with the help of the vinyl siding removal tool. Once you’ve removed it, use the piece of vinyl siding you’re pulled off the wall to measure the piece you intend to replace it with.

Once you’ve cut the piece of vinyl siding you intend to use to replace the damaged siding with, slide it into place and nail and fasten the top part first before interlocking the bottom buttlock into the existing siding panels.

In Conclusion

In our personal experience, replacing a damaged area of outdoor vinyl cladding is probably more prudent than patching one up. If you would like your repairs to last a long time, opt for vinyl cladding replacement over patching.

Have any vinyl cladding tips or advice to share? Please let us know in the comments.

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