If the last windstorm removed a strip of vinyl siding from your home, then you need to replace it as soon as possible. Missing siding can cause expensive moisture damage on the exterior of your home, caused by water leaking under the existing siding. A build-up of moisture can cause wood to rot, and it can cause mold issues.
The good news is that it is very simple to do vinyl siding repair, even if you do not have any home repair experience.
This project will take you about ten minutes to complete:
You only need two items to replace a section of vinyl siding:
- a replacement strip of siding
- a zip tool
Hopefully, when the siding was installed on your home, the installers left behind a couple pieces of siding to enable you to make repairs with matching siding. If not, you will need to look for a close matching color at your local home improvement store.
You can purchase an inexpensive zip tool that is used specifically to work with vinyl siding. This tool is available at all hardware stores, and it is easy to use.
Step 1: Unzip The Damaged Vinyl Siding Strip
The top and bottom of each strip of siding are attached to each other by a zippered seam.
To remove any damaged siding that remains after the storm, simply slide the zipping tool along both of the seams. This will unzip the seam connection and release the damaged siding section.
You can dispose of any damaged siding in your household trash. Additionally, your local recycling center may accept vinyl products for recycling. You should give them a quick call before tossing the siding into the garbage can.
Step 2: Zip in a New Vinyl Siding Strip
Hold the new section of siding in place and use the zipping tool to attach it to the wall. You need to run the tool along the bottom and the top of the siding to properly attach it. This will make your siding be waterproofed once again.
For an added layer of moisture protection, you can use a silicone calking product to seal around the ends of the vinyl siding.
By swiftly fixing your home's wind damaged vinyl siding, you will prevent any moisture damage from occurring. If you need any assistance with this repair, then you are advised to contact a local, licensed building contractor who can easily fix this problem for you.