Do you live in Milwaukee and want to make the exterior of your home look beautiful?

Replacing the siding on your house will give your home a quick makeover. And it can increase the value of your home. With the proper tools and expertise, replacing siding can be quick and hassle-free.

Here are four tips that will show you how to remove vinyl siding to make your Milwaukee home beautiful.

1. What You’ll Need to Get Started

Every expert project requires the right tools to do the job. The tools you’ll need for your project include:

  • Zip tool
  • Clawhammer
  • Nails
  • Dumpster

A dumpster is actually optional, but you’ll need a way to cart off the old siding when you’re done. A pickup truck or van could also do the trick.

2. How to Remove Vinyl Siding

  • First, you’ll need a zip tool, which you can buy at any hardware store.
  • Take the end of the zip tool and reach under the siding until you feel the hook under the lip on the bottom of the siding.
  • Then, unlatch the lip by pulling the tool down. Move along the siding’s edge and pull the vinyl out as you walk along the area. Then, unlatch the bottom lip.
  • The next step is to unzip all of the siding located on top of the broken or worn vinyl.
  • Next, remove the nails attached to your old vinyl. Make sure to delicately move the vinyl out of your way.

3. Fitting the New Vinyl Siding into Place

  • After removing your old siding, line up your new siding in the right position. While you’re doing this, make sure to push the vinyl up until the bottom lip fits in place.
  • Get a 1/4-inch nail. (Roofing nails are best.) Hammer your nail through the flange. While your vinyl is positioned, nail it through the lip, also called the flange. Space it around every 14 to 16 inches near the nail’s holes.
  • Ensure your nail is positioned in the middle of the nail slot. To enable the vinyl to have the flexibility to move, give your nail 1/32-inch of space between the nail head and your siding.
  • You don’t want your nail head too close or the vinyl will buckle when it gets warm.

4. Securing the Vinyl Siding

Now that you have your vinyl nailed in, it’s time to secure your siding. You’ll need the zip tool you used before.

  • After you nail your new vinyl, get out your zip tool. Fasten your new vinyl in place.
  • Lock the top into place by pulling your vinyl in a downwards direction. Start by pulling the lip down. At the same time, gently wind your tool to move the edge down.
  • Keep moving the zip tool along your siding. With your hand, pull the siding down behind the zip tool and snap it into position.

Now You Know How to Replace Vinyl Siding

You’ve learned four tips on how to remove vinyl siding. With the right tools and a little patience (or experienced roofers to do the job for you), your house will have a facelift in no time! If you need more help with your siding, just get in touch with Community Roofing!

Our company provides siding and roofing for the Milwaukee community. Click here to learn more about us, read educational articles on our blog, or contact us today to learn more about how to beautify your home.