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How to Install Shiplap Siding

While vinyl siding is the most popular choice, some homeowners like using shiplap siding because of its natural look and its protective capabilities. Shiplap siding is relatively easy to install if you have the patience and in this how-to, our siding installation experts tell you how to do it:

  1. Before you begin, you’ll need to know how much siding you need. Follow this how-to for How to Measure for Siding.
  2. First, make sure you apply a vapor barrier to your home. This protects it and preps it for your siding installation.
  3. Next, using a hammer and nails, attach 3/4″ furring strips to your walls – place each one 16″ apart from the next.
  4. Use your level to make sure each strip is plumb. These will act as your siding studs.
  5. After that, use your drill and drill bit to pre-drill holes in the top, middle, and bottom of the first siding board where it will be attached to your furring strip.
  6. Starting at the bottom, attach your board to your furring strip using your screwdriver and 3″ screws to secure it.
  7. Make sure you use your level to ensure that it’s straight.
  8. Place the next board directly on top of the first board and repeat the attachment process.
  9. Continue installing your boards until you reach the top of your home.
  10. As you layer, make sure each board sits tightly against the previous board in case of shrinkage. Also work to stagger the end joints (like a hardwood floor) so your pieces aren’t all the same length.
  11. If you come across any openings (like windows or doors), use your saw to cut your boards to the right size so that they fit around the area.
  12. Once you reach the top of your home, place a bead of caulk along the top edge to seal the siding and protect it from the weather.

Tools & Materials

  • Vapor barrier
  • Hammer, nails
  • Furring strips
  • Level
  • Drill, drill bit
  • Screwdriver, screws
  • Saw
  • Caulk

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