How to Install Shiplap Siding - Part 1

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  • 40-72 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 2,500-6,000
What You'll Need
House wrap
Tape measure
100 foot tape measure
Chalk line
Circular saw or chop saw
Saw horses
Carpenter's square
Galvanized siding nails

When it comes to protecting your home, shiplap siding can do the job very well. This siding gives a look similar to that of clapboard and is manufactured to provide a weatherproof boundary around your home. This wooden siding has a unique design where it overlaps, similar to tongue and groove planking, that forms a tight seal around the exterior of your home. The top edge is slightly beveled to give it a nice design while it adorns your home. Shiplap siding is not difficult to install in your home. A do-it-yourself type homeowner will be able to install this product with the following instructions.

Step 1 - Determine How Many sidings You Need

The first step in installing the shiplap siding is to measure the surface area of where you will be installing the material. You must do this to ensure that you buy enough material to finish the job. If you do not purchase enough material the first time, you may get a different batch of siding on your next purchase. This will show up in discoloration and other inconsistencies. Use a 100-foot tape measure to get accurate dimensions. You will need to measure both the length and height of each wall or surface where the shiplap siding will go. Multiply the height times the length of one wall for the square footage of that area. Then add it to the other surfaces on your home for a total amount.

Step 2 - Order the Siding


Once you have the surface area that you will be covering with the shiplap siding you will need to take it to your local home improvement store. Talk to a salesperson about the shiplap siding that is available (colors, lengths, kiln-dried, and other options) and place your order.

Step 3 - Prepare the House

Chances are you already have siding on your home that is either outdated or isn't providing the weather protection you desire. If this is the case, you will need to remove the old siding in order to install the new shiplap siding. Take your time and remove all of the old sidings from the house. Many people rush through this and create problems such as damage to sheathing and trim pieces.

Step 4 - Make Repairs/Wrap Home

Rotting wood on corner of home

If you find any problem areas, such as holes in the sheathing from water damage, or mold, you can take this time to replace the damaged underlayment. Once all the repairs are made, you will then need to install a layer of home wrapping material. This wrap material is used for insulation purposes as well as a moisture block.

Step 5 - Start in the Back

Now that you have all of the preliminary work completed for your shiplap siding project, you can then begin the installation process. Set up your materials in the rear of your home. This way, if you make any mistakes they will be hidden from view.

(This is Part 1 of a 3 part series. To move ahead to Part 2, click here.)