A bad wind storm can cause the branches of nearby trees to slap against the vinyl siding on an office building. The force of the slapping can tear a hole in the vinyl siding that will detract from the professional look of your building. Replacing a damaged panel is something you can do on your own if you are looking to save money on repair costs. If you own a small office building that's been damaged during a wind storm, here is how you can replace a panel of vinyl siding yourself.
The top of the damaged panel is held to the side of building with nails while the bottom of the panel has a U-joint that fits into a groove at the top of the undamaged panel below it to keep it secured to the building. The first thing you have to do is unlock the damaged panel from the panel below it. You should use a tool called a vinyl siding zipper tool. The zipper tool has a curved blade that separates the U-joint from the groove. Insert the tool into the space between the U-joint and the groove. Slide the tool all along to the bottom of the panel to release the bottom of the damaged panel from the one below it.
You now need to remove the nails at the top of the damaged panel. Separate the top of the damaged panel from the bottom of the undamaged one on top of it with the zipper tool. Lift up the bottom edge of the top undamaged panel just enough to wrap the claw end of a hammer around the nails at the top of the damaged panel. Pull out all of the nails along the top of the damaged panel.
Remove the panel once you have removed all the nails.
Make sure you have a replacement panel that matches the exact same style and color as the panel you are replacing or the side of your building won't have a uniform look anymore.
Slide the U-joint at the bottom of the new panel into the groove at the top of the undamaged panel and make sure it locks into place. You should be able to hear and feel when the U-joint snaps into the groove.
Nail the top of the new panel to the side of the building. Remember; don't sink the nails all the way into the side of the building so the panel won't rip when it expands and contracts.
To finish, lock the U-joint at the bottom of the top panel into the grooves at the top of the replacement panel. For assistance, talk to a professional like Professional Home Improvement Inc.