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Replace vinyl siding

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    Beginner Do-It-Yourselfer - Easy
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  • Completion Time : 1 day

Vinyl siding is made from tough material but it can be damaged by the heat of a barbecue, being bumped on a cold winter day or is hit hard by a heavy object. However, the vinyl siding panels can easily be replaced in a few hours following a few simple steps and using some every day tools.

The key to a clean repair is the siding removal tool that can be used to reach behind the panels and unhook the snug fitting lock system. Before putting on the new panel the wall can be examined and, if necessary, repaired. For a smooth transition panels can be taken from another part of the home and replaced with new ones that may not have the same color tone.


Tools and materials required


  • Caulking gun

  • Hammer

  • Pry bar

  • Siding removal tool

  • Tape measure

  • Utility knife


  • Galvanized or stainless, 1 ½", wide-headed (5/16" heads) roofing nails

  • Silicone caulking (not oil-based)

  • Vinyl siding

Before Assembly

Make sure you note the measurements, brand and colour of your vinyl siding.

Since vinyl siding fades over time, it is better to replace a damaged panel on a highly visible wall with one from a less visible wall (such as your home’s back wall). The new siding panels can then be installed where the difference in colour will be less obvious.

When you install new siding, always save a few boards to ensure that you have the same colour and model of siding on hand if ever a panel breaks.

Buy a siding removal tool. For less than $5, it is a good investment and makes the job go easier.

Note that the technique described here also applies to aluminum siding, except that vinyl is a much more flexible material and thus easier to work with than aluminum.

• Drive nails through the center of the nail slots.
• Be sure to drive nails horizontally.
• Do not drive nails in completely so as to leave room for the siding to expand and contract with changing temperatures.


Cut the panels widthwise with a utility knife. To cut them lengthwise use a circular saw with a fine-toothed blade.


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