Wood Siding Installation Considerations

Wood Siding

The most effortless Wood Siding installation is a straight cut from recycled lumber to match the siding on your home. If the wood siding is pre-built, ask the manufacturer for assistance so you can do the wood siding yourself. With some essential tools and time spent over a weekend, basic installation labor is usually required to install wood siding in favorable site conditions with minimal cleanup.

Basic labor to install wood siding using favorable site conditions. Lay lumber across from siding, center it upside down with pieces of scrap board tied across the top. Fabricate, install and attach pre-primed wood siding (usually 6″ wide) over vapor resistant vapor barrier. Fasten down flashing with caulk and nail to wood framing.

A properly wood siding installation will provide a double layer of insulation. It will also reduce your electricity bill by reducing heat transfer through the siding. Wood siding will provide air space between your wood structure and the exterior wall framing, which reduces condensation between the wall and the siding. Less condensation means less damage to your home’s interior wood structure.

For a house with two stories, you might want to consider a higher than usual installation of wood siding, even if you use the wood siding wood shingles in your home. Keep in mind that the actual number of shingles per square foot of wood siding is not usually all that matters. Properly sited siding will provide adequate insulation, but higher number of shingles per square foot will give you more thermal benefits than traditional siding. More thermal benefits means better insulation, and that means lower heating bills! Look for a home siding contractor who can provide a good energy star analysis as well as information about how many singles per square foot will give you the best energy savings.

If you’re considering wood siding installation in a new home or an existing home that has had paint previously applied, you might want to consider a re-painting job. By re-painting your siding, you’ll be able to match the color of your new siding, and you’ll gain the added benefit of matching the style of your house’s exterior paint. Of course, you’ll also gain the benefit of protecting against overspray and other woodworking related problems. Many times people who paint older homes find that the paint starts to peel, especially around metal flashing. If you choose to have a re-painting job, ask your siding contractor if he or she thinks it would be a good idea.

Another benefit of having your wood siding installed during the new construction process is that your wood will be properly protected from moisture. Moisture will eventually eat away at your wood, so it’s important to have your wall assemblies made of a high quality wood. There are many different woods available, including cedar, redwood, and pine. Make sure the contractor you choose uses the type of wood that’s best for your location.

Some woodworkers like to perform siding installation by using special “nailing on” siding nails. These nails are shaped like baseball bats and used with a specially sized head. These nails are usually used when painting or doing any kind of repair to your house. The advantage of using these nails is that they leave no unsightly spaces between the siding and your walls. An advantage of using “nails on” siding nails is that the nail heads will often pre-drill into the studs in your walls. This means that you don’t need to do any kind of drilling before installing the nails.

One of the best types of wood for siding is cedar wood. Cedar siding has a naturally saturated color, which can make it an excellent choice for people who are trying to achieve a traditional look in their home. In addition to being naturally saturated in color, cedar siding also has insulating properties that keep your home much warmer in the winter and much cooler in the summer.