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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.

Drainage plan

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.

AIR SPACE

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 structure diagramRAIN 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. 

 

SLICKER HP RAINSCREEN - housewrap and rainscreen in one productSLICKER HP RAINSCREEN

GROUND CLEARANCE

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.

example of water splash back wood siding damageSPLASH 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 INSTALLATION PROTECTS AGAINST WATER SPLASH BACKSTONE 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!

INSTALLATION INCLUDES OVERHANG TO HANDLE DRAINAGE, STONE VENEER FOR SPLASH BACK, RAINSCREEN PROVIDING AIR SPACE AND FACTORY PRE-FINISHINSTALLATION DONE RIGHT!

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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