How to Drill Through Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is common today on many households to cover brick or wood on the exterior of houses. Often times, it is necessary to install something in the house, and going through the vinyl siding is a must. When drilling through vinyl siding, it is important to know what is underneath. This will determine just the type of bit that will be needed to drill through the vinyl siding. No matter what size hole is needed, drilling through vinyl siding can be accomplished in just a few minutes with the proper tools.

Step 1

Measure on the exterior of the house to determine exactly where the hole is going to be drilled in the vinyl siding. Make a mark on the hole with a marker so that it is clearly visible to the naked eye and dark enough to see even if the siding is not white. Mark any other spots that may need to be drilled also so there is no stoppage once the drilling begins.

Step 2

Inspect the siding to determine what is underneath of it. This will help figure out what type of drill bit will be necessary to use. Push down on the vinyl siding if unsure of what type it is. If the surface behind it is wood, then a wood drill bit will need to be used and if it is brick then it will be necessary to use a masonry bit.

Step 3

Attach the proper drill bit to the drill and line it up to the first mark on the siding. Turn on the drill and push down firmly to begin drilling through the vinyl and into the brick or plywood. Continue pushing until the brick or plywood has been penetrated and stop before going completely through the material.

Step 4

Drill into all of the other desired holes in the same manner as the first and place lag screws with washers or any other desired material into each one of the holes.

Alexander Callos

Alexander Callos began writing in 2005 for "The Lantern" at The Ohio State University and has written for various websites, including Bleacher Report, Top Ten Real Estate Deals and Columbus Sports. He has published articles for CBS Sports, and other websites. He graduated in 2007 from The Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in public affairs journalism.