When installing wood siding, you can learn certain techniques and tips that will make the job a lot easier. Sidings are materials used to protect, weatherproof, or to surface the exterior walls. One of the most common types of siding is made from wood. This finish exterior wall covering provides protection, as well as a design element to a building’s wall. However, if not done right, wood sidings may not do its job properly.
1. Seal Wood Siding Before Installation
One of the most common mistakes people make when installing wood siding is not sealing it before installation. Sealing the wood siding will help protect the wood from extreme weather conditions. This sealing process also helps the stain or paint to be applied last longer.
2. Painting and Staining the Entire Wood
Aside from providing a more finished look, painting and staining the siding also help prevent moisture from entering the wood. However, it is important that you paint and stain the entire wood including the back and edges. Often times, wood sidings are only painted and stained at the front. By painting the back and edges as well, you have a higher chance of preventing moisture from seeping into these areas. If you are using wood siding made from cedar or redwood, it is important to back prime the wood first. Backpriming should be done in all sidings made from wood that have a high extractive chemical content.
3. Install Water Resistant Building Paper
Another important tip you should remember when installing wood siding is to install water-resistant building paper beneath the siding. You can use felt, house wrap, or any other type of building paper that is water resistant. Remember the key to having a durable, long-lasting wood siding is to prevent water or moisture from getting into the wood. The paper helps prevent water from entering the siding in the event that the seams expand and contract. Make sure that you install the first paper overlapping the top of the foundation about an inch. The rest of the paper should be installed overlapping as well, for at least 2 inches.
4. Painting or Staining the End Cuts
Generally, wood sidings are produced in specific sizes and lengths, making it easier to install. However, in the event that you need to make some adjustments on the size of the siding and cut off some parts, it is important to always paint the part where the cut was made. This is to prevent water from getting into this area as well. After you have sealed, stained or painted the wood siding, cutting a part of it will expose the end grain of that area, so painting it will ensure that the end cut is protected as well.
5. Siding Nails
When you buy wood sidings, other accessories and tools are provided as well. Make sure that you use them, particularly the siding nails. The nails that you get together with the wood siding are made specifically for the siding. These nails are manufactured to prevent the wood from splitting once it is hammered or drilled in.