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How to Fix Cladding

Updated February 21, 2017

Over time, external wooden cladding on a home can deteriorate as a result of being constantly exposed to the elements. If you notice any rotting, splitting wood, you will know that it is time to repair your cladding. The best way to fix your cladding is to remove the affected boards and replace them with new ones. This is a fairly straightforward project that you should be able to do with relative ease.

Locate the affected cladding and remove it by prying it up with the claw of a hammer.

Use the damaged board as a guide to install the new cladding. Make sure you note how and where it was nailed in place.

Locate the exact position of the old board. You will no doubt see an obvious outline of the board if it has been in place for a long time.

Put the board in place and secure it using galvanised steel nails.

Apply a protective coating to stain the new piece of cladding to make it blend in with the old cladding and protect it from damage. Make sure you use a product suitable for the type of cladding you are using.

Things You'll Need

  • Cladding
  • Hammer
  • Galvanised steel nails
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About the Author

Elyse James began writing professionally in 2006 after deciding to pursue a career in journalism. She has written for "The Algonquin Times" as a general assignment reporter and published blogs and articles on Webcitybeat. James holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Ottawa.