Engineered Wood Siding

JLC Field Guide: Engineered Wood Siding

As lumber quality has worsened over the years, manufacturers have developed siding made from synthetic, composite, or engineered materials. Though durable, they also tend to be less tolerant of installation errors. Each siding product has a unique set of installation guidelines that the installer must follow to avoid failure. The proprietary nature of these products means it would be impractical to cover all the nuances here. However there are some general techniques and best practices that should apply to all products.

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Installing Engineered Siding
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Installing Engineered Siding

Working efficiently ensures durability and profitability. Read more

Rainscreen Clapboard Siding for an Energy-Efficient Island Remodel
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Rainscreen Clapboard Siding for an Energy-Efficient Island Remodel

JLC visits the job site on Peaks Island, Maine, to see carpenters apply a... Read more

Securing Rainscreen Siding
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Securing Rainscreen Siding

Test results show how to properly install clapboards and vertical strapping over... Read more

Open-Joint Siding
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Open-Joint Siding

In the Seattle area, where I work, we get a lot of rain. From the mid-90s to the... Read more

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Engineered Wood Siding Instruction

Repairing and Replacing Sheet Siding
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Repairing and Replacing Sheet Siding

Minor cracks can be caulked and repainted, but sometimes the best solution is to... Read more

The Case of the Sobbing Siding
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The Case of the Sobbing Siding

On a callback for a siding leak, a building inspector discovers that his roof... Read more

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Green Alternatives to Traditional Building Materials

Q: I live in northern coastal California, in the heart of the redwoods. We're currently remodeling a simple structure (in a highly visible town-square location) into an elaborately detailed storefront, in keeping with the surrounding 1880s architecture. While all the vintage storefronts (and their framing) are constructed of old-growth redwood, we would like to use modern alternatives — such as engineered products — that would be more environmentally responsible. Since the exterior will be painted, the panels, columns, and crown and detail moldings can be built with any product that will withstand our moist climate. Do you have any recommendations? Read more

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Q&A: Ventilating a Rain Screen

Q: I plan to install clapboard siding using the rain screen method. The siding will be fastened to 3/4-inch vertical battens, nailed over each stud. At the top, I plan to ventilate the rain screen into the soffit area. What is the best detail to ventilate Read more

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Q&A: Backpriming Siding

Q: I have often read that wood siding should be backprimed before installation. But I believe that a primer without a finish coat is of no value, because I don’t think a primer can slow down moisture movement. Has there been any research or testing on thi Read more

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