Wood and vinyl siding are very durable and long lasting but not indestructible. As a matter of fact, if a time, weather event or accident has damaged a portion of your siding, it must be replaced as soon as possible to protect your home’s safety and value. Do not risk structural damage. The following are some of the tips on how to replace the damaged siding of your home:
Signs that You Must Replace Your Home’s Siding
If you’ve been researching on how to replace a damaged siding of your home, there is a very great possibility that you have already seen or observed one or more of those problems. Closely examine the siding on your home for the following issues:
- Missing pieces
- Misaligned pieces
- Pieces of your home’s siding falling off the ground
- Rotten or soft pieces of wood siding
- Holes in the siding
If any of these problems is present, then, you should be replacing the siding of your home immediately – whether you have vinyl or wood.
How to Replace Vinyl Siding
If your house has damaged vinyl siding, you should make sure that you have the following supplies available with you: new matching vinyl siding, a hammer, minimum 1-inch galvanized steel nails with a 3/8 inches head and tin snips.
Remove all the pieces of siding that are damaged, and also, the nails used to connect them.
Use the tin snips to trim the piece of new siding in order to fit in the lowest gap. Having said that, most vinyl siding must overlap the pieces of new siding on either side at least 1 inch. Refer to the directions from the manufacturer’s installation guide of your siding.
In addition to that, modern vinyl siding utilizes interlocking technology to maintain protection against watertight. The new siding’s bottom channel will lock into the highest channel of the piece of siding below it. Then, carefully slide the piece of new siding into position.
As you nail the piece of new siding in position, apply a gentle upward pressure in order to make sure that the two new pieces of siding stay interlocked with each other.
Repeat this procedure until you have replaced all the damaged siding.
How to Replace Plywood Siding Panels
Basically, plywood siding is a low-maintenance and durable siding option. But in the long run, the bottom edges of the plywood sheets likely to become water-damaged as well as will need replacement. Removing and then replacing a plywood siding panel is an easy work for most homeowners. You will just need a new piece of siding, a hammer, a circular saw, a jigsaw, safety goggles, a utility knife, a tape measure, 8D galvanized nails, a paintable exterior caulk.
Remove the damaged siding carefully using a pry bar and claw hammer. Preserve the old piece of siding.
Remove all old nails, caulk and paint from around your siding. Actually, a utility knife can also be useful for this task.
For more information and tips on how to replace the siding of your house, you can also ask help from an experienced handyman near your area.