Repairing Wood Siding Best Practices

Making repairs to wood siding can be a simple task, depending on where the repairs need to be made. If the location is close to the ground, then this process is very simple. The higher up the repair the harder it will be to reach, but the process remains simple. Most wood siding is installed and then a sealer is applied. This sealer prevents water from being absorbed into the wood surface. This absorption can cause warping, twisting, and can ultimately lead to rot.

One of the most common forms of sealant is paint. The paint creates a thick coating over the wood siding, thus preventing moisture from reaching the wood beneath. When the elements begin to get harsh, then the paint can crack as a result of expansion, or begin to bubble and peel. Once this happens there is no protection over the wood that is keeping the water and moisture out.

Repairing wood siding materials list

When you are beginning yor siding replacement you will need to have some key materials on hand. Having a replacement piece readily available might not be an option, so going and checking on the type you need is an important step before going out and purchasing replacement pieces. If you are curious about your option in siding quality, or with other materials for your project, there are free samples and materials available to help you.

Here is a quick list of items that you will need for you project:

  • Replacement siding
  • Hammer
  • Galvanized nails. Do not use copper nails as they can discolor the wood.
  • Primer/Sealer
  • Paint
  • Hand saw
  • Miter box
  • Measuring tape
  • Caulk
  • Pry bar

Once you have your supplies, you are ready to begin your project. Here is a step-by-step process on how to replace and repair your siding.

Replacing damaged wood siding

Locate the piece that needs to be removed. Slip the pry bar under the individual piece. Begin to work slowing, rocking the piece back and forth to loosen and remove. By working slowly you are ensuring that the surrounding pieces will not be damaged. Once loosened, take off the piece by slipping under the piece that is resting on top of it.

This is a good time to do an inspection of the underside of the siding. Check the paper lining for water damage and surrounding areas. This could help prevent further damage to other parts of the structure.
Use the old piece as a guide for the length of the new piece. Measure how long it is, and then using your miter box and hand saw, cut to size. Take the new piece of siding and place under the original piece. The bottom of the new piece should be resting on top of the piece below. The positioning should be the same as the original piece.

Applying wood siding paint or other sealant

Nail the new piece into the existing furring strips, using the galvanized nails. These nails should penetrate the woods surface by at least two inches in order to guarantee a good grip. Caulk the nail holes and joint splits that are on either end of the new piece of siding. The caulk should be a water resistant, paintable exterior grade silicone.

Prime the new piece of siding. Paint. Enjoy!

The new piece should have a snug fit with the rest of the siding pieces. There should not be any gaps and the paint color should match. When the project is completed, onlookers will never know that there was a repair made, they will think that your home always looked that good.

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