Matching Your Vinyl Replacement Siding
When replacing your vinyl siding, you will of course want to insure a seamless transition from the old to the new, especially if you intend to replace only the damaged vinyl siding. When the time comes to replace vinyl siding, many people do not have a scrap piece of the original siding on hand. If this is the case for you, you will need to find siding that matches. If you know who your original siding manufacturer is, this process is fairly simple; the store where you will purchase your new siding will be able to look up siding types, colors, etc. However, for those who are not in the position to provide the manufacturer name or the product code/number there are services available (both contractors and websites) to help you make the match so you can perform your vinyl siding replacement with ease. If you do not have a spare or scrap piece of your vinyl or you do not know the manufacturer, there are websites and companies which you can hire to assist you in determining your perfect mactch.
Vinyl Siding Repair
Doing Your Own Vinyl Siding Repair
Vinyl siding is a great choice for the exterior or a home or building because it is such a long-lasting, durable material. However, punctures and cracking are still possible and, unfortunately, over time they are inevitable. If you know how to repair vinyl siding yourself, you can save money and efforts involved in hiring a contractor and simply replace the damaged vinyl siding piece. Read more on measuring vinyl siding.
Vinyl Siding Repair Tools
If you choose to replace your vinyl siding yourself, rather than hire a siding contractor, be aware that you will need a specialist tool to unlock the old vinyl from the fixtures on the building, and to lock the new pieces of vinyl into place.
Purchase a zip tool. This tool is key in repairing damaged vinyl and can be purchased at most major hardware stores. A zip tool will allow you to pry the original siding from the fastenings located on the back of the siding. Therefore, minimal damage will be done to your structure and you can fasten your new siding in with ease. Snap out the old piece by using the zip tool to unhook it from the back; then remove the nails from the damaged piece.
When cutting your new siding, make sure to create a one-inch overlap on each side. Also, make sure that you will be able to cover any edges of the old vinyl siding. Use the zip tool to unhook the top and bottom panels. This is key as it will insure your new vinyl replacement siding sits well on the surface. Read more on vinyl siding tools.
Cut your replacement piece at least two inches longer than the damaged piece. Put the new piece in place making sure to overlap the siding on each side. Next, hook the bottom of the new piece into the lock on the top of the piece below. Nail the piece in place, and then lock the top of the new piece in the hook from the piece above. Check to make sure it is locked along the full length of the piece.
Your vinyl siding repair is complete!