Replacing Wind Damaged Siding


Rain, snow, and sleet are certainly some of the most damaging storms recorded, but the worst types of storms to deal with are wind storms. Not only are they annoying by blowing lawn furniture, garbage cans, and trash around, but they can cause much more havoc than that.

Roofing can get torn off, trees can become uprooted, and your siding can literally be stripped from your home. Once the wind catches a siding edge, it can start tearing it off of your house just like peeling a banana. Worse, there’s nothing you can do about it until the carnage is over with and things have calmed down.

Once the wind has subsided, it’s time to figure out what to do and reattach your siding. It may seem daunting, but it may not be as bad as it looks. Here are a few things you can do to replace wind damaged siding and get your home looking good again.


Tools for the Job

Most of the tools needed are basic, and many households will already have them in tool boxes or drawers. However, there is a specialty tool for both vinyl and metal siding removal, and that will be explained below.

  • Hammer — You’ll need one for re-attaching the siding back onto the house, and if it is a claw hammer, you can use the claw to remove the nails.
  • Pry Bar — This simple tool has a flattened edge on one side and a claw for pulling nails on the other. Because of its length and thin profile, using one of these to pull nails is easier than using the claw on a hammer.
  • Hacksaw — If it becomes impossible to pull the nails out, you can use a hacksaw to cut the head off and remove any siding remnant. An electric rotary tool with a cutting head works equally as well.
  • Zip Tool — This is essentially a can opener for vinyl and metal siding. It hooks onto the siding under-lip at the end of the piece, then by pulling down and twisting, you can literally unhook the lip and pull it away.

Wooden Siding

Wooden siding is fairly straightforward, and you won’t need any specialty tools to do it with. Here are the basic steps.

  • Remove any damaged siding that still remains. Pull the old nails out with a pry bar or claw hammer, or cut them flush with a hack saw or rotary tool saw.
  • Cut the new siding boards to fit with a hand saw or circular saw. Stagger the joints from one cut board to the next, if more than one board needs to be replaced.
  • Prime the boards first and let them dry. If you are not going to paint the entire side of the house, paint the board with a final coat of the original exterior color. Let the boards dry thoroughly.
  • Beginning at the bottom, fasten the siding boards in place with nails. Use a center punch to flush the nail heads onto the boards.
  • To put the last board into place, carefully pry up the uppermost board, but pry it up just enough for the lower board to fit beneath the edge. Nail both boards back down.

Vinyl and Metal Siding

For vinyl and metal siding you’ll need a zip tool, which is inexpensive and available at virtually all hardware stores. A lower lip attaches to a nailing flange on the piece below it, and once the lip is freed from the nailing flange, replacing the siding is fairly easy.

  • At and end, slide the zip tool beneath the lower edge of the damaged siding piece and catch the lip.
  • While pulling it downwards, twist it slightly to unlock the siding. Carefully move the tool along the entire underside, unlocking the lip as you go.
  • Unlock the piece above any damaged piece to expose the nailing flange.
  • Pry the nails out on any damaged or remnants of wind blown pieces.
  • Replace the piece(s) with new ones, beginning at the bottom. Nail the upper flange in place first, then use the zip tool to lock the lower lip from the replacement piece to the upper flange of the piece already in place.
  • Nail the new piece in place and repeat.

If you have wind damaged siding, all you’ll need is a little do-it-yourself experience, some basic tools, and you’ll be able to replace virtually any damaged pieces.

For any questions about damage from wind, rain, fire or water, contact the experts at American Builders Restoration.



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