How to Fix Timber Cladding

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How to Fix Timber Cladding
Cedar is a common choice for timber siding. (siding image by Psycience from Fotolia.com)

Timber--often cedar--is a popular choice of siding on account of its excellent aesthetic qualities and natural resistance to inclement weather. However, if poorly maintained, the cladding--or siding, as it is often called--can decay over time. Knowing how to fix, repair and maintain your cladding will mean that it remains attractive and durable for years to come.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Hose
  • Mild detergent
  • Scrub brush (soft bristle)
  • Galvanised nails
  • Saw
  • Utility knife
  • Power sprayer
  • Hammer
  • UV blocker sealant

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Wash the cedar siding with mild detergent and scrub it with the brush to remove any debris, dirt and mould.

  2. 2

    Rinse the siding with a garden hose to remove any traces of the detergent.

  3. 3

    Spray the cladding using your power sprayer, remembering to keep the top of the nozzle at least 30 inches away to prevent damage.

  4. 4

    Inspect the cladding for any loose or broken areas. Cut off any damaged areas carefully.

  5. 5

    Cut a new piece of siding to fit the gap left behind by the section you have just removed. Nail it into place using galvanised nails, to prevent rusting. Use a utility knife to cut pieces for small areas.

  6. 6

    Treat the new piece of siding with a UV blocker sealant to prevent the wood from turning grey over time.

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