How to Make Your Own Siding

What You'll Need
Wood and Batten

Making your own siding can help to protect your home from damage caused by woodpeckers, mildew and moisture. There are many different types of siding which can be made by yourself. The materials that you ultimately choose will depend mainly on the age of your property.

Wood, Cement, and Vinyl can all be used to create siding which not only looks great, but is functional and practical too. However the only types of siding which are really suitable to be made yourself is wooden siding.

Step 1 - Research

First you need to do some research to find out about the different types of siding which can be made as part of a DIY project. There are actually many different types of siding, each of which has its own advantages and disadvantages. Vinyl is one of the most popular materials because it is virtually maintenance free and lasts for a very long time. However, this isn't actually something that you can make yourself.

Wooden siding is the only type of siding that can be made by the average DIYer, this can be just as long lasting as vinyl and fiber cement siding when treated correctly. It can also be insulated to provide the benefits of preventing heat from escaping.

Fiber cement is an amazing material but it's not something that everyone can use because they will need access to an autoclave. Adding any form of siding will smarten your house up and make it much more valuable in the eyes of potential buyers. By freshening up the siding in your house you are making your home look much younger. All forms of siding can be coated and treated so that they don't suffer from damage caused by pests and weather conditions.

Step 2 - Measuring

If you have an older home then you might have board and batten siding, it's always nice to stick to these traditional building methods. Wood siding is actually very easy to make, although slightly time consuming. Measure around your house and work out how many planks and which lengths you will require to completely cover your home in the wood and baton siding.

Step 3 - Fitting Strips

Now you need to cut the wooden strips to the right length, these will need to run horizontally along your walls. Measure them so that they are the right length to fit around your home. Once the batons are cut and before putting them on the wall you should cover them in wood preservative, this will prevent the wood from being damaged by the elements.

The battens now need to be fixed to the wall by screwing them into the side of your house. Don't overdo the fixings because if you do you will find it difficult to fix the wood siding onto the battens.

Step 4 - Fitting the Boards

Cut the boards to the right length and give them a coat of wood preservative. Once the battens are securely on your house you can then start to fit the boards. The boards are fitted vertically on he walls. There should be a gap of about 1/2 an inch between the boards.

Step 5 - Fitting the Battens

The battens can now be nailed vertically over the gaps which were left between the boards. Once the whole project is finished another coat of wood preservative can be applied again.