How Do You Replace Cedar Clapboard Siding?
Clapboard siding has been popular on American homes since the Colonial era. With its sloped surface, it sheds rainwater and increases the insulation factor of your home. Cedar is a good choice for clapboard siding since it naturally resists termite infestation and warping. When it’s time to replace your clapboard siding, good carpentry techniques will ensure the classic beauty of your home’s exterior for years to come. Remove the existing clapboard siding beginning at the top row. Slip the flat bar underneath the bottom lip of the siding strip and pry it upward. Loosen a single board at a time along the bottom before popping it off. Resist prying in only one spot, causing the clapboard to splinter and split. Repeat with each row of clapboard, working your way down the wall. Pull stray nails from the boxing beneath the old siding or hammer them flush with the surface of the boxing. A single nail, left sticking out, can create a bump in your new siding. Prepare the boxing with a moisture