Repairing Siding Shingles

This story shows you how to repair siding shingles.

Step 1

Use a hammer and chisel to split a damaged siding shingle. Try to split the shingle at or near a nail in the piece above.

Step 2

Use pliers or your hands to wiggle and pull the pieces out.

Step 3

Use a hacksaw blade or a detail hacksaw tool to cut through hidden nails above. Flex the blade to cut the nail flush with the wall.

Step 4

Reassemble the damaged shingle to make a template for cutting the replacement shingle. Or measure the area and subtract about 1/4 inch to allow for expansion. Cut with a knife or saw.

Step 5

Slide the replacement up until it is 1/2 inch below its final position. Just under the course above, drive two nails at slight upward angles. Use a nail set to finish driving the nails.

Step 6

Use a scrap of wood and a hammer to tap the replacement shingle up, aligned with the shingles on either side.

Comments (1)
sidingaustin wrote:

Do you have some tips about siding repair??Iżm planning to improve my house and repair all those parts that were damaged especially my siding in austin. I already got some ideas at However, I still need more reliable sources before finalizing my decisions and strat it as soon as possible. Hope you can help me. Thanks in advance :)

12/9/2010 06:33:47 AM Report Abuse
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