It's not rocket science but it has to be done right. Our Do It Yourself Customers do a better job than professionals sometimes because they take the time to read the instructions and do the job exactly right. You have to take your time with wood. You can't be in a hurry.
Yes we will take experience with wood but above all else give me someone who CARES about the end result.
Be a drop of water and take the trip from roof to ground.
Not paying enough attention to where water goes and how it flows is the most frequently made mistake we see. Concentrated water carved the Grand Canyon. It will damn sure take some stain off your wall.
Water will get behind the wood, whether it migrates out from the inside through condensation or finds its way in from outside it will get there. The important thing once again is to give it a place to go. We recommend Furring Strips for this in most cases.RAIN SCREEN WITH FURRING STRIPS
Sometimes Furring strips are not realistic due to several reasons. In these instances we recommend a drain wrap or mesh wrap. These products are much thinner than furring strips but still allow air and water to flow behind the wood.
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It is important to keep siding at least 18 inches off the ground if possible. This will guard against splash back - rain water hitting the ground and splashing back against the siding which can cause a finish failure.SPLASH BACK WATER DAMAGE
We see a lot of people installing their wood siding all the way to the ground. We advise against this because that bottom 18 inches will need constant care to keep it looking good. We recommend a stone veneer for lower 18 inches.STONE VENEER PROTECTS AGAINST SPLASH BACK
That about Covers the basics of doing wood siding the right way. Congratulations, you now know more than 99% of the people you will talk to about cedar siding - grades. finish, texture and installation!
Our customer in Upstate New York did it all right - her installation includes overhangs to handle drainage, stone veneer for splash back, rain screen to provide air space and factory pre-finish at the mill for stain back seal.
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