DIY home repair is one of the most popular methods of improving or maintaining your house. Very few people truly enjoy having to call a contractor for every little mishap that could happen around the home, so it makes sense why at least one member of the family should have a handyman of some sort. Even for mundane tasks like repairing siding or replacing a shingle, it’s quite nice to have one around.
The fact of the matter, though, is that DIY home repair is not as difficult as you might think. Sure, some home maintenance projects might require some outside help, but for the most part anybody with some steady hands and good set of eyes can fix issues with the home. This is especially the case with vinyl siding, which is quite easy to repair even if it is unappealing to look at. So here is the definitive guide to helping you repair your vinyl siding.
The Tools of the Trade
Before you even start DIY home repair on your exterior wall, you are going to need a few things to help you work. You will need adhesive caulking to secure the piece and wood shims to close it up. You will also need a zip tool, tin snips, and a standard table saw. We also recommend that you keep a spare panel or two around from initial installation to give you pieces to perform the patchwork.
Step One: Remove the Old Piece
The first thing you want to do is use the zip tool to unlock the panel from its neighbors. If you start at the bottom edge, you will find your job goes a lot easier. Once the edge you are working on is loose, insert a wood shim to keep the older panels in place. Then use the snips to cut the damaged area out. Use the wood saw to cut a piece of good vinyl out. Of course, you need to make sure that the replacement piece is just slightly longer than the damaged piece so you can just tuck it nicely under the good sections.
Step Two: Replace
When you are ready to apply the replacement piece, use a thin bead of adhesive caulk along the back side. Remove the wood shims and slide it underneath the pre-existing piece. Once you have it in line, press down and lock it into place.
And that’s how you fix vinyl siding. This particular DIY home repair method is fantastic if your wall has suffered burns or water damage as a result of a bad gutter. However, it does have its disadvantages, such as your siding looking worse than it already is.
Count on Coty
So you may want to use this accident as an excuse to get some better siding for your house. We know all about different kinds of materials and how to properly install them. Be sure to contact us if you ever have any questions.