Vinyl siding makes for a tough and durable building material, but with each nail you place through a panel, you add a point of possible failure for the panel through cracking, denting or water seepage. This can be a problem when you wish to mount small items to your siding, but an alternative to nailing the item into place is installing an S-hook to your siding panels. An S-hook creates a mounting point anywhere two siding panels meet, allowing you to hang items from your siding panels. With S-hooks in place, you can mount anything from flowerpots to a rose trellis without damaging the panels with nail holes.
Select the position on your vinyl siding where you wish to place the S-hook. The mounting bar for the hook attaches to the groove between siding panels, so the actual hook will be slightly lower than the groove line, depending on the location of the hole in the mounting bar. Select the location of the mount with this slight offset positioning of the hook in mind.
Open panel grooves when necessary using a siding removal tool. Slide the removal tool, hook-end pointed downwards, under the bottom edge of the top panel of the groove where you wish to mount the S-hook until it grips the inward facing ledge of the rear of the panel. Pull upwards on the tool to unclip the bottom of the panel.
Place the top of the vertical mounting so that it aligns with an open groove between siding panels with the small ledge on the bar facing towards you. Push upwards on the mounting bar until the ledge at the top of the bar catches the ledge at the rear of the panel. Push the panel back into place over the lower panel beneath it until you hear a locking sound indicating the two panels sit tightly against one another.
Slide the top curve of the S piece of the S-hook into one of the holes along the front of the mounting bar so that the bottom curve of the piece forms a hook pointing forward away from the siding surface. Hang whatever item you need onto this forward facing hook to use the installed piece.