Damaged Siding Replacement
Siding installation takes a skilled hand to ensure the panels are placed correctly for aesthetics, as well as functionality and efficiency. For this reason, most people who choose to have siding installed on their home or business will turn to the professionals. Sure, this does cost more initially than doing the work on your own but siding is an investment. Therefore, the better the job the more value it adds to the home.
Now, some people who have the time, patience, tools, and expertise will choose to do their own home siding installation. Again, if done properly, siding can transform the appearance of the home, ultimately making a significant change for the better. If you have siding, whether it was professional installed or a do-it-yourself project, chances are you will face some type of damage during its life.
For example, if any of the siding panels should be damaged, you can replace them in most cases. As with vinyl siding, you would need to remove the panel, which can be done by using a special unlocking tool. This would be slipped behind the bottom portion of the siding panel, just above the panel needing to be replaced. Next, the tool would unzip the damaged panel from the lock.
Next, you want to carefully, bend the upper portion of the damaged panel outwards. Take all the nails out, which would allow you to remove the panel altogether. You then attach the new panel, locking and nailing it firmly into place. Once again, take the unlocking tool to zip the upper portion of the panel back over the lock, which is found on the new panel. Just like that, the new panel is securely in place.
Keep in mind that if you discover your home or office has siding that has been installed over asbestos you should never try to remove this on your own. The fibers released from asbestos become airborne, which are then inhaled. Unfortunately, asbestos is a highly dangerous contaminant proven to cause cancer. Even a small amount of asbestos is dangerous so you would need to contact your local environmental protection agency or a licensed and bonded individual who is specially trained to come out and remove the siding and asbestos for you.
Sometimes, corner posts also become damaged. In this case, if the post is on a second-story overhand, it needs to be capped off, which is done by making special cuts. Then, the flaps created would be folded over each other. You next want to drill a one-eighth of an inch into the center, making sure you go through both of the vinyl panel layers. A pop rivet is inserted, which holds it all together. Finally, you want to cut a notch, again going through both layers, to help with corner clearance.