How to Replace Wood Lap Siding

What You'll Need
Flat pry bar
Reciprocating saw
Putty knife
Circular saw
Tape measure
Carpenter's square
Galvanized siding nails
Paint or stain

The main purpose of your wood lap siding is to make your home corners stable and properly attached. It goes without mentioning that when your wood siding is heavily damaged, it defeats its purpose of making your house sturdy. Learning how to replace your wood siding is a good skill to have. Since the process is relatively simple, even for beginners, it can serve as a good practice project to hone your techniques in other do-it-yourself projects. Most of the materials that you need are probably already in your tool box, and the process of doing it is easy, as long as you follow these steps and guidelines.

Step 1: Remove Trims

Before attempting to remove the wood lap siding, it is important to remove the trims surrounding it. This will help you remove the siding safely and easily. Use a putty knife or a flat pry bar to loosen the trim around the wood lap siding. Most of the time, you will encounter nails that are too hard to pull using the lever on a hammer. Use a reciprocating saw to cut through these nails. If the wood lap siding is heavily damaged and there are only several remnants of it attached, you can easily break it down using a hammer. Just tap the siding that you are trying to replace until it breaks free from the wall or until it is loosened up. Once it’s relatively loose, use a flat pry bar to pull it away. You may not be able to remove it in a single piece. In that case, work on it one segment at time, until the entire length of the siding is removed.

Step 2: Take Measurements

Free the area from hanging wood pieces and other materials that are cluttered on the surface. You should see a long hollow space after removing the lap siding that you want to replace. Get the length, width, and depth of this hollow space using a tape measure. Note the measurements that you got when you buy your new materials. It is wise to have pieces that are a bit bigger than the measurements that you got in case of errors. Most of the shops that you can go in to offer 10-foot wood pieces. You may have to cut it yourself to fit your needs.

Step 3: Install the New Siding

Lay your new lap siding on the space and slide it in. Secure it with some galvanized nails. Make sure that it is placed at a height where the top can cover the new siding.

Step 4: Add the Finishing Touches

After installing your new wood lap siding, consider decorating options to give it a finish that fits your preference. Stain or paint it in your desired color. Remember to caulk it first before staining, or after when you want it painted.

Follow these steps and you will find that replacing old and damaged wood siding is an easy task that you don’t have to pay others to do for you.