Timber Cladding Repair Guide

What You'll Need
Replacement cladding material
Pry bar
Galvanized nails
Circular saw

Timber cladding is becoming more popular as an external wall option. There are many types of timber that can be used, some of the most popular are cedar, oak, pine and fir. Cedar is the most common choice of wood. The cladding is also known as "shakes". Occasionally these wooden wall sections will require repair. This article will explain the repair process.

Step 1 – Preparation

Inspect your house for any loose, cracked or damaged cladding. Mark each damaged piece so you can go back and repair it later. Plan where will you start in order to finish quickly. Now gather all your materials and prepare to replace the damaged sections of cladding.

Step 2 – Removing the Timber Cladding

Take the pry bar and gently pry up the section of damaged cladding. Remove the nails from the piece and discard them. Use the damaged section of cladding as a template for the replacement piece. Mark the replacement cladding with the required cut lines from the template. Discard the damaged piece of cladding. Cut the replacement cladding using the lines drawn from the template.

Step 3 – Installing the New Timber Cladding

Take the replacement piece of cladding to where it needs to be installed. Using the empty section as a guide, slide the new piece of cladding into position and secure it in place with a couple of galvanized nails. Galvanized nails will not rust and stain the wooden cladding.

Take a scrap piece of wood and hold it against the piece of cladding directly above the replacement piece. Gently tap the scrap wood with the hammer to secure the siding back into position. Repeat these steps for each damaged piece of timber cladding that you found. You will need to apply a finish to the replacement pieces of cladding so that they match the rest of the pieces.

Step 4 - Cleaning

Make sure that your cladding is kept clean. In order to clean your wooden exterior, use a 1 to 4 mixture of bleach to water. Use a pump sprayer to apply this water and bleach mixture to your house and allow it to soak for 5 minutes. Then, using a soft bristle brush, scrub each wooden shake to remove any black spots or streaks. Rinse the shakes with a garden hose to remove any remaining chemical residue.

Yearly maintenance will keep the wooden exterior from cracking and falling apart. Power washing your home with a power sprayer will help restore a new appearance to your timber cladding and also remove any greying that is caused by the natural aging and the sun. Set the sprayer's nozzle to a wide setting and keep the nozzle at a distance of at least 30 feet. This will prevent the water pressure from damaging the wooden shakes. You can buy a power washer, or rent a powerful commercial model, from most larger building supply stores or from your local tool supply store.