After You Remove A Nail Or Screw From Your Vinyl Siding, Be Sure To Patch The Hole Like This

Posted on: 13 August 2015


Small holes in vinyl siding aren't just cosmetic issues. While they have nails or screws in them, they're just a convenient way of holding up a wreath or banner. But once the decoration is removed and the hole is left behind, you've got an opening for moisture to infiltrate your siding. So when you take down outdoor decorations, be sure to patch up your vinyl siding afterwards—it's not as complicated as you might think.

Gather Your Tools

It doesn't take much to fix a small hole in vinyl siding. You probably have most of what you need already: mild dish detergent (or vinyl siding cleaner), a sponge, a caulk gun, and an old plastic card (such as an expired driver's license—don't use a card you'll want to use again).

The last thing you'll need is the vinyl siding caulk itself. Make sure you know the manufacturer and color of your vinyl siding; they will need this information at a hardware or home improvement store in order to get you the right matching caulk. If you don't have this information, you can bring in a scrap of siding or call the contractor who installed your siding and find out the necessary details.

Clean The Area

Before you get started caulking, you need to clean the area. Cleaning vinyl siding is very simple—you just need to wash it with water and your dish detergent or vinyl cleaner. Use a soft sponge so you don't scratch your siding. Rinse with water and wipe dry.

Caulk The Hole

Following the instructions on the caulk, cut open the tube and install the tube into your caulk gun. Place the nozzle over the hole you are filling and squeeze the trigger. You want to fill the hole completely, with a little excess to be cleaned off later. If you underfill the hole, you'll just need to go through the caulking process again.

Clean Off Excess Caulk

After you have slightly overfilled the hole, you need to remove that excess to leave the caulk flush with the hole. Before the caulk hardens, scrape your plastic card across the hole to smooth the repair and get rid of extra caulk. If you wait too long and the caulk hardens, you'll have to trim it away carefully with a razor or utility knife.

Of course, it's important to remember that this technique is for small holes like those made by nails or screws. If you have larger areas of vinyl damage, you'll need to have the damaged area cut away and replaced with new pieces of siding. Color matching becomes much more important on large sections like this, so it's a good idea to call a contractor who installs and repairs vinyl siding so that you can get a seamless fix.