If you notice a hole or puncture in your siding, you don't always have to replace the panel. Vinyl siding is low-cost and typically maintenance free, but a bird, a storm, or stray pebble can cause damage. Ignoring a hole, a crack, or a puncture runs the risk of moisture getting into the house. You should be able to fix the damage yourself by following these steps.
Prepare to Fix the Siding
To repair the hole, gather:
- Work gloves
- Liquid dish detergent
- Painter's tape
- Plastic card or similar flat item
- Utility knife or razor blade
- Matching caulk and caulk gun
- Siding zip tool (optional)
- Scrap siding
- Paintbrush (optional)
- Acrylic paint (optional)
If possible, wait until the weather warms, so the vinyl gets more pliable. To temporarily fix the hole when you don't have time to fix it immediately, buy a vinyl repair patch kit that comes with clear tape. Before you make any repairs, clean the damaged siding with dish detergent and a damp sponge, rinse, then dry using a clean rag.
Fix a Small Hole or Puncture
Caulk commonly comes in matching colors, but if you can't find a match, buy paintable caulk. You may also be able to get the caulk tinted.
Snip the end of the caulk tube at an angle for better control. Insert the tube into the gun, and press the trigger tow or three times to prime the caulk.
Fill the hole until it spills over the top slightly, removing excess caulk by running a plastic card over it. Alternately, let the caulk dry, and scrape excess with a razor blade or a utility. Paint the caulk to match the siding color if needed.
Fix Tears and Large Holes
To fix tears or large holes, cut a piece of scrap siding several inches bigger than the damaged area with a utility knife or shears. Trim the piece at the uppermost portion, which commonly has nail holes, but avoid cutting the lip edge, then cut the bottom in the same manner.
If you can't find a piece of scrap siding to match, cut a section of a plastic jug or carton in a matching color. Press the piece over the damaged spot, and caulk it in place.
To fix a hole or tear more than one inch, you may need a zip tool to detach the piece. Attach the hook of the tool on the lip of the siding, pull it down, then apply foil tape to the back of the hole. Let the caulk dry, reattach the piece, and paint or caulk the hole.