Wood Lap Siding

Lap Siding

Wood lap siding has been in use from ancient times for protecting the exteriors of the houses. When you have engineered wood lap siding it will be more useful than the conventional wood siding, because natural resources are used more effectively.  Among wood lap siding types, if you use Western Cedar it is certain to provide you an excellent exterior, since this wood is very good species suitable for sidings.  

When you are trying to replace wood lap siding because it is wearing, and would like to install a new wood lap siding the most important aspect you should consider is that the paint should not peel away from the wood, or appear as blisters on the new wood lap siding.   

Remember, wood lap siding can last on your structure much more than the imitation products.  Even though there are a number of non-wood lap siding materials, which have only imitated the wood lap siding, nothing would beat the original. There are alternatives like fiber cement, aluminum, not to talk about vinyl lap siding, trying to take wood lap siding place, testifying that wood is the most preferable material for siding.   

While wood lap siding is available, you have to exercise care to buy the correct material. If you go for products which has all the qualities and preservatives provided by Nature it would last you a lifetime which are present in redwood and cedar. They are equipped with natural preservatives, and this should warn you to keep away from soft wood siding boards. 

 When you buy wood lap siding boards, you should get to know the orientation of the grains in the wood, as the best wood lap siding should have vertical grains. Cheaper versions of sidings can display grains flat. When you look at a fresh cut end of the siding you can easily notice vertical grains, which appear like dark tree rings, to the extent of even 50, it means you have bought the best wood.  Flat grain wood siding may only have one, two or three dark tree rings visible on the end of a piece of siding.  The wood lap siding with vertical grain   is more durable. After installation these grains would not appear on the surface. 

Before installing, and nailing the wood lap siding, you should ensure to prime the wood on all edges and on both the sides,  Also ensure to paint the ends, every time a piece is cut  before nailing it to the structure.  This is important to make sure that the finishing paint coat doesn’t peel or create blister on the lap siding. You should also try to use only a blend of urethane resin and acrylic paints on the wood lap siding. 

If you have not painted the cut wood as suggested above, water can soak into the wood lap siding, and paint will run. Since the water present in the wood would try to evaporate, it will start appearing on the surface, and this is why blisters can appear especially when the surface is exposed to direct sun. If you have painted the edged and back of the siding, water cannot seep into the wood and there can be no blisters. 

To ensure that the wood lap siding is durable, you must cover your structure with conventional barriers like felt paper soaked  in asphalt, or choose some kind of other modern fibers which can act as water barriers.  While installing the wood lap siding, you should always prefer metal flashings and drip caps above doors and windows, and on materials other than the wood lap siding. These will help to flush water away and prevent seepage into the siding, or the trimming boards which are used in the wood lap siding.  

You should also ensure that the very first wood board of the wood lap siding overlaps the foundation by minimum of an inch.  Since water can cause havoc, you should make sure water goes away from the foundation and the siding.  First piece of wood installed in the wood lap siding should have greater distance for the protection of the structure.