DIY Wood Cladding

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DIY Wood Cladding
Wood cladding gives a home a tradition appearance and feel. (Polka Dot RF/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Do-it-yourself wood cladding involves the installation of a wood-like material on the exterior or structures. Homeowners have a choice of a variety of products, such as the standard clapboard siding, cedar or engineered wood. Check with the local building code inspector to find out the codes for siding installations. Some municipalities require the owner to obtain a permit before starting the job.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Felt
  • Stapler
  • Staples
  • Metal flashing
  • Drip caps
  • Siding
  • Finish
  • Fasteners
  • Chalk line
  • Marker
  • Caulking gun
  • Caulk
  • Corners

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    Follow the manufacturer's instructions for acclimating the wood cladding to the environment. Wood contains a certain level of moisture, which causes it to contact or expand to reach a balance with the environment. Some products may require up to 30 days attaining equilibrium with the setting. Store the material away from direct sunlight and other elements.

  2. 2

    Discuss the project with the supplier to make a decision as the whether to remove the old siding. Sometimes, the decision comes down to a matter of personal preference. Make sure the walls are in good condition; remove rotted or damaged siding or sheathing and make the necessary repairs. Install felt paper or house wrap on sheathing when working with new construction or removing old siding. Use a stapler to secure the material to the sheathing. These materials provide a watertight and airtight barrier and improve the home's insulation.

  3. 3

    Install metal flashing and drip caps accessories over windows, doors, horizontal trim and other components. This ensures water flows away from the cladding and does not penetrate behind the boards.

  4. 4

    Apply the finish, such as stains or bleaching oil to the siding before installation. Finish both sides and the edges of the siding. Put finish edges after making cuts when installing the material, which minimises the absorption of moisture and protects against peeling and blistering. Use an acrylic latex based primer or other product as recommended by the manufacturer.

  5. 5

    Determine the locations of the studs. Use a marker or crayon to identify where to insert fasteners. Start the siding installation at the lowest point near the foundation. Refer to local codes and the manufacturer's guidelines to ascertain the appropriate height of the first course of siding above the ground. Installing the siding as far away from the grade as possible improves the possibility of keeping the material away from water that may accumulate.

  6. 6

    Snap a chalk line to guide placement of top edge of the first course of siding. This assures a straight installation of the first course of siding, as well as subsequent courses. Overlap the siding over the trim board at least one inch. Secure the siding with the recommended fastener for the material and your location, such as stainless steel shank nails. Use nails long enough to penetrate the materials and into the studs. Install the next row of siding per the instructions.

  7. 7

    Caulk around doors, windows corners and other joints. Use a high-quality caulk made of polyurethane, acrylic silicone or other material as recommended. Do not caulk components or areas that allow water to escape from the siding. Install the inside and outside corner accessories.

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