A cedar shingle siding installation can give your home a rustic elegance that can only come with this unique all-natural look. You can choose from many sizes and shapes that will allow you to have a nice appearance that you enjoy. Though cedar siding may be more expensive than other types of siding, it is very durable and will last for many years. Best of all, with the right tools, you can install the siding in just a few days work without having to hire a professional to do it for you.
Step 1: Remove Your Old Siding
The first thing you should do when installing a new cedar siding is to remove the old siding, especially if it is warped or not even. You need a smooth surface to work on in order to install cedar siding. the easiest way to remove siding is with a crowbar, working against the grain.
Step 2: Decide Where You Will Begin
You will need to start at the bottom and work your way up, but it is important to look at your home and decide how low you want your siding to go. Once you have decided, use a chalk line to mark along the side of your home where to begin to ensure that the siding will be even.
It is good to start at the edge and to work your way in to get a even and correct look.
Step 3: Use #1 Wood Shingles to Start the Bottom Edge
Once you know where to begin, use a hammer and nails to install #1 wood shingles to complete your bottom edge. The grain of #1 wood shingles tend to be tighter than other shingles and using these on the bottom will make your project more secure.
Step 4: Continue to Install Cedar Shakes
Once the bottom row of shingles has been completed, you will need to install the first row of cedar shakes right on top of the bottom row and slowly begin to make your way up by installing a new row on top of each new row. You can either make everything straight and neat or give your external siding a staggering effect where the bottom of each shingle is at a different level than the previous one. If you are unsure of which you would like best, line a few up to see which look you enjoy.
To install the cedar shakes you should hammer in two nails on either side of the shingle about 10 inches from the bottom of it.
As you do each row, you should give yourself a new chalk line so that you continue to do an even job. Repeat each process each row.
Step 5: Cut to Fit Doors, Windows and Eaves
If you ever need to cut the cedar shakes in order to have a better fit, use a skill saw. This will make your home look completed.