How to Repair Siding Corners


Although it is a tedious task for you to repair siding corners, it still can be done if it is planned carefully and you have the knowledge on how to do it. Basically it all depends on the damaged that has occurred to your siding. You can even replace the entire piece of your siding corners but it involves lot of hard work for example you need to take the nails that holds the siding to the house from the 3 to 4 feet of siding adjacent to the corner. By doing this you would be able to have extra space that can allow you to slightly bend the siding from the corner’s channel. Once you have managed to take out the siding on both sides of your corner, you can now pull the nails that hold the corner in order to remove it. The process of installation is the opposite step of the removal process that you have done.

To repair siding corners, you need:

  • Caulk
  • Caulking Guns
  • Pliers
  • Rivet Tools And Rivets

Repairing Siding Corners

How to Repair Siding Corners

  • First thing that you need to do is to take your utility knife and use it to score both sides of the damaged section starting from the top to the bottom.
    • Make sure that you leave the nailing strips intact.
  • The next step that you need to take is to wiggle the damaged piece of siding by using pliers.
    • Wiggle it until the damaged piece comes free.
  • Then, you have to cut only the nailing strips off of your replacement section.
  • After that, you can proceed by running a bead of your silicone caulk along the flanges which is the pieces that you cut the nailing strips off of.
  • Take your new siding corners up to the existing nailing strips before you start to press it into place firmly.
    • The caulk that you use should be able to hold it temporarily.
  • In order to fasten the replacement permanently, you have to use blind rivets.
    • It is recommended that you use a long-nose riveter which is a much better choice for you to complete the task.
  • As for repairing vinyl siding corners, which are slightly more difficult to replace than the corners of other exterior finishing, it is important for you to have or purchase a vinyl siding removal tool.
    • The tool will help you to pry apart the vinyl siding in a gentle way and preventing further accidental damage.
    • Make sure that you find vinyl siding corners that match your house. You should also bear in mind that certain colors especially from specific manufacturers need to be ordered in advance.

You can purchase vinyl siding corners from your nearby home improvement center which is new. It will not be faded vinyl corner similar to the one that you have on your house.

  • You need to use 1 to 1 ½-inch galvanized roofing nails in order to place the siding corner and the siding back to its original place.
    • When you are dealing with vinyl, remember not to pound too hard on the nails or as flat as possible because vinyl will expands and contracts with temperature.
    • You should leave some extra space at least the size of a dime to fit between the nail head and your siding to enable the vinyl to move without buckling.

    You should always wear your working gloves whenever you are working with vinyl siding. This is to prevent cuts from happening because vinyl can be very sharp at times or even having burrs left over resulting from the process done by its manufacturers.

    Always remember that whenever you want to repair your siding corners, you must ensure that you use galvanized hardware that can help you prevent it from rust.

    • It is recommended that you use a new blade in your utility knife. Be extra careful whenever you cut any materials using your sharp utility knife.
    • In order to paint your siding, you should be using paintable caulk instead of using the silicone caulk.
    • For repairing vinyl siding corners, you must ensure that the temperature is about 45 degrees or below because vinyl tends to become stiff and might crack if it is bent too far.
    • You should also prepare to have some wasp killer because during the summer the wasps like to hang out in the vinyl.

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