Jun 11 , 2020

How to Replace Vinyl Siding

How Do You Replace Vinyl Siding?

Vinyl siding is tough but not indestructible. If a falling branch or a well-hit baseball cracked a piece of your siding, don’t fret — you can make it as good as new in about 15 minutes with a zip tool and a replacement piece. It’s as simple as unzipping the damaged piece and snapping in a new one.

The downside of replacing older vinyl siding is that it can be hard to match the style and color, and siding rarely has any identifying marks. The best way to get a replacement piece is to take the broken piece to vinyl siding distributors in your area and find the closest match.

If the old vinyl has faded or you can’t find the right color, take the broken piece to a paint store and have the color matched. Paint the replacement piece with one coat of top-quality acrylic primer followed by acrylic house paint — acrylic paint will flex with the movement of the vinyl.

It’s best to repair vinyl in warm weather. In temperatures below freezing, it becomes less flexible and may crack.

Plus, check out these easy home repairs that save big money:

15 Minute Vinyl Siding Repair With a Zip Tool

  • Starting at one end of the damaged piece, push the end of the zip siding removal tool up under the siding until you feel it hook the bottom lip.
  • Slide the zip tool along the bottom edge to release the vinyl siding from the piece below it.
    • Pro tip: The vinyl siding zip tool will save you loads of time. 
  • Pull the zip tool downward and out to unhook the bottom lip, then slide it along the edge, pulling the siding out as you go.
  • Then unzip any pieces above the damaged piece.

vinyl siding repair zip tool

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