Cladding is the method of protecting the outer envelope of your building by covering it with another material. It can offer resistance against the elements and improve the aesthetics of the building. Now and again, through damage or poor maintenance, you may need to replace some of your cladding. A common choice of material for cladding is vinyl, which can be easily replaced. Many other cladding materials can also be replaced using this method.
Drive small wedges of scrap timber beneath the damaged board. Use a tenon saw to cut across the exposed portion of the weatherboard on each side of the damaged area.
Use two wedges to raise the board overlapping the damaged section. Finish the cut with a keyhole saw, blade teeth pointed out. Make the cuts square so the board fits evenly. Remove the wedges.
To remove hidden nails, insert two wedges under the course above the damaged board. Slip a hacksaw blade under the board and cut nails off flush with the board beneath. Remove damaged piece.
Cut new board, treat sawn edges with preservative; drive into place with hammer and block. Secure with galvanised nails in the same way as the surrounding cladding. Seal holes and seams, then prime and paint.