How To Install 4 X 8 Siding
Panels can be a great time-saver when putting siding on a house because the sheets typically 4 by 8 feet go up much faster than individual boards. Most panel siding is exterior-grade plywood, either 1/2 or 5/8 inch thick, or some hardboard, such as cement fiber. Many finishes are available to emulate rough cedar, wood planks or other textures. Some panel siding is installed with vertical wood battens over seams, while other panels have tongue-and-groove joints to make a solid surface. Installation is basically the same regardless of how panels are connected.
Have at least one helper to handle and hold 4-by-8-foot panels.
Install metal Z flashing at the wall tops if the soffit, under the roof overhang, is not covered.
Panel Siding Is Pretty Basic But There Are A Few Different Types To Choose From Learn Which One Is Best For Your Next Project With This Handy Guide
The quickest way to side a house is to install exterior siding panels, also called sheet siding. The sides have shiplap edges so that one piece laps onto its neighbor. The most common panel size is 4 by 8 feet, but sheets 10 and 12 feet long are also available and are worth the extra weight if they eliminate horizontal butt joints.
In addition to different sizes, panel siding also comes in different formats. There’s rough-sawn, smooth-sided, fiber-cement, and pressed hardboard. We’ll introduce you to each type and its key uses.