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How To Deal With Rotten Wood Siding

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Wood siding can look great on your home. If you keep the wood siding well-sealed, wood siding can last for a really long time. However, sometimes wood siding rots. If you find a spot of rot on your wood siding, you are going to want to make sure that you take care of the rot right away to prevent it from spreading further along your wood siding.

Get Your Supplies Ready

You are going to need a wide variety of tools in order to take care of your wood siding. To start with, you are going to need a hammer, tape measure, caulking gun, level, scribing tool, and a utility knife. You may need a ladder, depending on where the siding is located. You may also need a pry bar to remove the old siding and a circular saw to cut the new siding down to size.

Remove the Old Siding

First, you are going to need to remove the old siding. If the siding is still secured to your home, you are going to want to use a pry bar to pull the old siding off of your home. Make sure that you remove all of the siding that has been impacted by the rot.

Measure the Siding

Next, you need to measure the area of siding that you need to replace. It is always a good idea to measure a couple of times to make sure that you have the right measurements.

Purchase the Siding

When you replace wood siding, you are going to want to purchase new siding. You may want to go with fiber-cement siding instead of wood siding. Fiber-cement siding looks like wood siding but is stronger and more durable. You can also use wood siding if you want to have the exact same siding.

Prepare the Wood Siding

Next, you need to prepare the siding. You are going to want to prime all sides of the siding. Then you are going to want to seal the siding as well. You want to make sure that the new siding that you put up looks great and will not rot.

Hang the Siding

Finally, you need to hang the siding. Have someone help you hold up the siding and make sure that it is level with the other siding on your home. Use long nails to secure the siding to your home. Once the siding is hanging up, take caulking and put it over the nail heads to keep the water out. Then put corner joints over the edges of the siding and make sure that you seal them up with caulking as well.

If you need assistance with repairing your siding, a roofing and siding company like SUNVEK can help you get rid of any rotting siding on your home and replace it with new and fresh siding. 


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