How to Replace Cedar Shingle Siding

Cedar shingle siding is just one of the many kinds of siding you can choose for your home. Like anything made of wood, it’s susceptible to becoming ruined by weather conditions like wind and rain, which can make it crack open or split. Then, it’s time to replace your old cedar shingle siding. Here are some instructions, as well as a list of tools and materials to replace your cedar siding.

Tools and Materials for the Replacement:

  • Safety goggles
  • Work Gloves
  • Ladder
  • Hammer
  • Flat bar
  • Nails
  • New cedar shingles
  • Paint
  • Wood stain
  • Caulking
  • Caulking tool

Step 1 – Preparations

Put on your work gloves and eye protection, so you will remain safe during your project. You don’t want to get splinters in your hands or anything in your eyes that could damage them. It’s also a good idea to have a partner to help you steady your ladder so you won’t fall.

Step 2 – Set Up the Ladder

Carefully set up your ladder, making sure it is on an even patch of ground. Your partner should hold it steady when you climb up.

Step 3 – Remove Cedar Shingle Siding Shingles

Take the flat bar and begin to remove the siding 1 section at a time. Just push the tip of the flat bar under each piece of siding and gently, but firmly pry the piece upwards. You may also need to use the hammer, to get out any nails that refuse to budge while you are prying up the piece of siding. If so, a claw hammer will do the job nicely to pull out the stray nails.

Step 4 – Putting on the New Siding Sections

Carefully line up the piece of cedar shingle siding against the house wall and slide it into place. Make sure it fits in with any existing siding before nailing it down. Leave about ¼ inch of space in between each shingle piece. This helps to prevent trapped moisture. Next, nail down the piece of shingle with 3 nails. One goes on each side and the last one goes in the middle. Coat the nails with caulk and after it dries, you can use paint or wood stain to match the color you need. Repeat these steps for each piece of siding you are replacing.

Step 5 – Pieces that Go Around Door, etc.

If any of your replacement cedar shingle siding has to go around a door or window, then you have to cut it to fit. You can use a saw, electric or hand, to do this job. Be sure to measure the area before you cut the shingle to fit. Measurements are very important, so it all fits into place correctly.

All in all, replacing cedar shingle siding can take a few hours, depending on how many you have to do, but in the end, you will be rewarded with a beautiful looking home with siding that will last for several years.