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Siding Installation

Siding Installation

The siding of the house is crucial to do right because it is what protects your home from harsh weather conditions.

At the same time, the siding creates the look of your home that people will judge it by. By using larch wood, you will have a good looking home that is strong and durable against weather resistance. Make sure you use prefinished wood for your siding prior to starting the installation. This is not like sanding a floor where you can just run an electric drum sander over it. For a house, you would have to use a hand sander on all of the siding, which will be more work than you should have to do. It is better to just order prefinished wood for this reason. Now when you are ready to install the wood, you need to prepare the exterior of your home appropriately. If you have shingles or any other type of siding material on there, then you need to get rid of that first. Once that is removed, place building paper or sheathing material on the cavity of the exterior wall. This is important because it will prevent water from entering in through the wall. Allow the material some time to settle and dry itself on the wall.

Now you are ready to start nailing the larch wood boards onto the sides of your home. You will need high quality nails that are rust proof and corrosion resistant. You also need nail shanks to increase the power of the nails since they will endure lots of pressure from holding the wood and resisting the weather. The size of the nails should be determined by the thickness of the wood. For example, if you have a board that is one inch thick then you need at least six inch nails. Regardless of the size, use an electric nail gun that can hold the nails that you purchase. This gun will be what you use to nail the boards together. When you are ready to begin it is a good idea to start from the bottom and work your way up. You should use a siding gauge for each board that you install, so that you don’t have to manually hold it up and cause an uneven mess out of the project. The gauge will also help you with overlapping the wooden boards properly. You begin by applying a starter strip on the bottom of the siding, which is good for securing the first board in place. You will be applying most of the boards horizontally, but make sure you don’t nail through any part of the board that is overlapping another. Nail the boards to the wood about a ½ inch from the top and do this about every twelve inches across the board. The siding gauge should give you ¼” of revealing overlapping increments. When you are finished with one side of your home, you need to caulk the edges of the boards with a caulker gun. This is basically a type of waterproof filler that will fill in the little creases and cracks that are along the edges between the boards and the home.

Normally at this point, you would paint the wood to give it the right color that you want. But, remember that larch wood has a very dense texture and it does not usually hold paint very well. The natural wood color of the larch is probably more attractive than any type of paint color anyways. Therefore, you can continue on to the other sides of your home and repeat the process. Now you may come across particular sections of your exterior that have little gaps of siding, like in between the doorways and exterior edges of your home. These spaces won’t be big enough for horizontally placed wood, unless you cut the wood to accommodate it. However, you may want to consider vertically applying the wood in these spots that have a small width and big height. But, if you truly prefer to stay consistent with the horizontal approach then feel free to cut the wood and do it that way. Just be sure to measure your cuts in comparison to the widths of the siding gaps.

After you have installed the wood around your home, it may be a good idea to spray down the wood with a house as well as the land around the home. You will likely only have wood debris on the ground, which is not an environmental hazard because wood comes from the ground anyways.

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