Installing Plywood Siding

What You'll Need
Plywood siding
Construction adhesive
House Wrap or foam

Installing a plywood siding veneer onto your home is a great way of  giving a house a new look, and protecting the material of the building from being damaged by stress and strain. Plywood siding is made from many sheets of very thin plywood, pressed together and then covered with a glue. You can install these sidings yourself to give your home protection against storms, to just add decoration to the outside, or to give your home an architectural design which will look good as it ages. Fitting the plywood siding can be done by anyone with a few basic home improvement tools and a bit of spare time.

Step 1 - Choose the Thickness of Your Plywood

Plywood siding comes in a range of different thicknesses and styles from the cheaper thin edge, which will serve to make a pretty outside to your home, but will not withstand bad weather or protect the house. Thinner plywood siding will often buckle and warp after a few months of installation, so if you are intending to have a long-lasting plywood outside to your home then you need to invest in something which is a lot thicker. in order to get the best from your device, you should try and ensure that it is weather resistant.

Step 2 - Preparing the House

Cover your home with some sealant, and also cover all cracks in windows, doors and the corners of the house with a layer of caulk. This will prevent water from getting in behind the plywood siding and causing it to warp, and will also prevent mold and rot from forming behind the siding on the sides of your house. You should then add a layer of house wrap, or builder's paper, or even a spray foam insulation, around the edges of the house. This is a barrier which will protect your home against air and water damage. Foam insulation will also help the walls to look upright when the siding is installed, and this will allow you to keep all of your installation tricks to hand.

Step 3 - Install the Siding

When you have done this, you are ready to install the plywood siding. You should start from the bottom of your house and work upwards towards the roof. As you slide the grooves together, nail them into position using an aluminum screw or nail. This will ensure that the siding is joined together, while also keeping the nail hidden. Place the nail into the studs in the wall, rather than between studs, in order to give enough strength to the siding. Keep your siding straight as you install it around the building.

Step 4 - Finishing up

Once you have installed the siding, make sure that you layer the surrounding area with caulk in order to ensure that you get the best protection for your siding. Use an outdoor or waterproof caulk which will ensure that the siding will be resistant to water and wind damage.