Friday, October 31, 2014

Installing T1-11 Siding

Sidings are sheets of wood that are attached typically to the walls of the building to enhance the look and feel of the structure while being durable enough to protect it from several of the elements. T1-11 siding is no different, as it is designed with vertical paneling to create a natural wood effect without the need to splash out on single panels. In addition, it is very easy to install, and can be a wonderful way to interact with members of the family as you work together on a construction project for your home or office.

The siding comes in large sheets at are 4 by 8 feet, and so will require some work to be done to each piece before they are ready to be installed. However, there are very few items you will need to complete the task, and even fewer items that you should not be able to find in your tool box. For example, a tape measure, a hammer and galvanized nails are just a few of the tools that should not be required to purchase. There are ways of renting a circular saw if you don’t have one, but they can be purchased for a reasonable price if you are able to make good use out of it.

To start creating your new look, you need to make certain that the outside walls of your home are clean, and then you can attach the first sheet to the bottom of the building where the foundation meets the wall. This is where the family project happens, as it is almost a necessity to have a helper ensure that the wood is held in place while one side is nailed into the wall. It is common sense when undertaking this project to allow for the lip on each sheet to match with the next one on the left, so that each piece is fully integrated and level before the nailing. In addition, the nails should be spaced out to make sure that your walls are secure.

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When you have placed a few of these sheets, you will begin to notice that the size is too big. Here is where you need the saw, as you need to measure the distance of the wall, and how much space you have left in order to cut and fit additional pieces on. This is a relatively easy task, and as long as you remember not to measure the lip on the wood, both pieces will be added and nailed together in an efficient manner.

Once this is all finished, you should be ready to paint your home. It is not something that everyone does, as there are many people who choose simply to prime the wood and then seal it to give it that weathered look, but others like to create a fancy impact with bright colors. At least two or three coats of primer should be necessary, and when this is dry, either sealant or paint will do.

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2 Responses to “Installing T1-11 Siding”
  1. Rob G says:

    I am in the process of building a free-standing lean-to style shed behind my garage.
    I am just wondering what is the best way to weatherproof this T1-11 siding?

  2. Derek says:

    One of my properties has T1-11 or some kind of wood siding all the way around. It is heavily stained from rain splashing on the bottom 18″ of the siding. Some areas are rotting. What is a “cost effective” way that I can cover the bottom 18″ inches to prevent damage from rain splashes?
    I will be replacing rotten boards. Furthermore, after everything has been sealed, repaired, replaced, and covered properly, I will be painting the exterior of the house.