How to Install Tongue and Groove Siding Part 2

What You'll Need
Protective goggles
Nails (hot-dipped galvanized, aluminum or stainless steel)
Tape measure
Circular saw
Earplugs (for saw usage)
Exterior sealant
Paint or stain
Chalk and ruler for marking lines
Caulk gun and caulk

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

Now that you have begun to install tongue and groove siding, you will need to install the first and subsequent rows, as well as maneuver around obstacle areas such as windows and doors.

Step 1 – Finish First Row

Once the first piece of siding is installed, you are well underway in your project. To finish this first row, simply put the next piece of siding flush up to the first piece, and nail in the same manner. Continue in this fashion under you come up to a corner. After following the instructions for corners below, you can choose either to continue on to the second row, or complete the entire first row around the circumference of the entire project.

Step 2 – Corners

When it comes to the corner of a wall, your method of installation varies slightly. For inside corners, the siding is normally butted against either a trim strip or an adjoining wall. For an outside corner, the common choice for horizontal installation is mitering. To miter the corner, the edges of the abutting strips of wood must be cut with a saw so they flush up against each other. They are normally set in caulk.

Step 3 – Second Row Installation

To begin installation of the second row of siding, start again above the first piece of wood you have installed. For a proper look, the piece of siding installed above the initial piece should be a different length, so the edges are not uniform throughout the siding. This piece should be hammered down so the tongue and groove lock into place to create a strong siding, and then nailed in as the initial row was. Continue this method for the rest of the row. Note that your measurements and cutting will be different at the edge of this row as opposed to the first row because of the different length of the initial piece of siding.

Step 4 – Subsequent Rows

Continue the instructions for the installation of the second row for all subsequent rows until the last row. You can choose to use the same length of wood for the first piece of siding in the third, fifth, etc. rows as the first one, or you can choose to be more random in your length selections, depending on your desired look. Just be sure to use a different length than the previous row when starting a new row in order to make the siding more secure and weatherproof.

Step 5 – Cutting Around Obstacles

When approaching a window or door opening, measurements must be carefully made. Before hammering and nailing pieces down, you should measure out how much siding is needed to butt up the siding to the opening and/or trim. Cuts should be made carefully and double-checked before installing. Each board must be measured and trimmed separately, so do not just cut several boards to a specific length without measuring for each row.

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