Most people are unaware of the fact that the siding on their home is installed to protect the felt underneath from the elements. The weatherproof of a house happens at the felt level, both on the roof and on the outside walls. There are three types of wood siding, each with its own set of rules, shake -clapboard, plank and lath and horizontal beveled siding. Everyone needs their own unique one
Tack a sheet of siding as deep as you can on the house. Then slowly, attach the shake clapboard, fat end down over the bottom row, using the siding nails to secure the clapboard to the house. Make sure to drive the nails into the top half of the clapboard. Attach the felt to the nearest height on the wall, being sure to overlap the previously installed shakes by about 1/3 the height of the shakes. Start the next row by covering about half of the row below with the overlapping clapboard and attaching it to the wall in the same way.
Starting from the center, work pinning 1 inch of 8 inch boards apart to allow extension to every corner of the house. Follow this by sealing the 1/8 inch seams with 1 inch by 3 inch, or even 1 inch by 4 inch, lath boards. Be generous in nailing the wide boards with galvanized siding nails, and use ready-made nails to install the molding over any seams that go down to the sides of the house.
Finish the edges with a single 1/6-inch molding board that extends all the way to the corners. Do this on all sides of the house to create a board and molding look.
Starting at the bottom, attach the siding, running the galvanized nails through the top edge of the boards. Add another board and set it in place of the bevel. Continue this until the entire wall is finished. For walls that are longer than the length of the beveled board, remember to offset the vertical lines, just like a bricklayer does with brick. Route the seams as tightly as possible to avoid vertical folds.
Sometimes a fresh coat of paint just isn’t enough to renovate the exterior of your home. Siding is the only safe solution to keeping your home weatherproof and beautiful.