For decades, wood siding has been a favorite among homeowners who want their homes to look warm and rustic. Today, you can find wood siding in a variety of wood species and here, our siding installation experts tell you how to install it yourself:
What you’ll need to install wood siding:
- Measuring tape
- Wood siding
- Circular saw
- Hammer, nails
- Wood trim
- Before you begin your siding installation, make sure your home’s exterior has a layer of plywood sheathing covered with felt paper.
- First, measure the length and width of all sides of your home. Multiply the numbers together to get the square footage of the space.
- Next, measure the square footage of areas that will not be receiving siding (i.e. windows) and subtract this number from your overall square footage.
- Use your final measurement when purchasing wood siding materials.
- If you’re planning on painting or staining your siding, prime your planks before you install them.
- Next, use a circular saw to cut your siding planks to the correct length. (Make sure that you cut them slowly and that your cuts are perfectly square.)
- Beginning at the bottom of the home, nail your first piece of wood siding (placing a nail every 18 inches or so) to your sheathing using a hammer and nails.
- If your wood siding planks are tongue-and-groove style, fit the next plank into the first one accordingly. If they’re not, make sure your overlap is the same on each plank.
- After that, use your level to make sure all planks are installed straight.
- As you reach the end of your planks, drill a pilot hole about three inches from the end and install your last nail to keep the plank from cracking.
- Continue up your wall until you reach the top.
- As you encounter obstacles like windows, be sure to cut your planks to the right lengths and angles.
- To give your siding a clean look at the top, install wood trim over the top edge of the last plank.
- Paint or stain your siding to finish off the look of your siding installation.