A Closer Look At Fumbles To Avoid When Attempting DIY Vinyl Siding Repair

Posted on: 8 August 2016

Whether it's a crack in one area, damage caused by hail, or even stained sections, there is no type of damage to vinyl siding that cannot be solved with a seemingly simple repair job. While replacing a section of vinyl siding may seem like a fairly easy task even with little experience, there is still room for errors. Many homeowners find in their own attempts to make repairs to their vinyl siding that the process is much more complicated than what they initially thought. If you are attempting a DIY vinyl siding repair job, there are a few big mistakes you must work to avoid.

Mistake: Trying to overlap vinyl siding pieces too much.

Why? It is good to have a slight overlap between one piece of siding and the next, but it is crucial that you don't go overboard. If you are replacing a piece of vinyl siding, just slightly overlap the edges and trim away the excess. Too much overlap can prevent the natural flex of the material and leave you with a siding finish that appears wavy or bowed. 

Mistake: Not staggering the seams of the replacement vinyl siding pieces.

Why? When you look at a home that has been cladded with vinyl siding, the last thing you should notice is the seams where the material was installed. The only way to avoid seams being obvious is to make sure they are staggered during installation, which is easy to forget when you are just making repairs or replacing a small section of siding. Make sure that during installation of new siding pieces, you follow the prior seam patterns or at least stagger the seams enough so that you don't create a highly visible line on one section of your siding.

Mistake: Nailing the vinyl siding pieces too tightly during replacement.

Why? Vinyl siding needs a little wiggle room to look its best for the long term. If you secure the vinyl siding replacement pieces too tightly, it will prevent this necessary wiggle room from being possible, which can result in the siding looking like it is buckled or uneven. Vinyl siding is designed to shift and move with changes due to settling and because of fluctuations due to changes in heat. If you are using a nail gun or stapler to attach replacement sheets of vinyl siding, make sure you have the tool set to punch the fastener into place at a depth that will still allow the siding piece to move just slightly.

For more information, contact WeatherSeal Windows or a similar company.

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