Vinyl siding is an affordable house siding, but it is vulnerable to damage from several environment factors. It can be soft or molten due to extreme heat. During severe winters, vinyl can get very brittle and they can get broken by minor bumps and hailstones. But don’t worry because this is a common household problem. You can perform siding repair like a pro without hiring a contractor. You can also minimize the installation costs.
To do siding repair, you must first be familiar with the parts of a vinyl siding strip. Namely, these are the siding face, nail hem, top lock and buttock. Vertically, strips are connected by matching the top lock of the lower strip and the buttock of the upper strip. The meeting line of the buttock and top lock is the connecting mechanism between the strips.
The key here is to learn how to use the zip tool. It is a small hand-held tool with an especially designed oblique blade. The blade allows it to wedge into vinyl sidings to strip or remove them from the wall. Wedge the curved side of the tool against the overlapping part between two strips. You need to find a somewhat loose part between the sheets. From there, you can slide the zip tool across while exerting upward pressure. This method of siding repair will easily disassemble the lock from the buttock. After doing this for a few inches, you can already remove the entire strip with your hands.
It is also important for siding repair to give nailing allowance for new strips. Vinyl is fastened to the wall by nailing through the elongated holes on the hem. The nailing hem is just above the top lock. It is important NOT to drive the nails too tightly. You need to estimate at least 1/32’’ allowance to allow the siding to “breath.” The strips expand during hot weather and contract during winter. If there is not allowance, the vinyl may buckle or crack. DIY siding repair will save you a lot of money.