How To Fix Rotted Siding

If you don’t clean your gutters properly and on a regular basis, there are a number of unpleasant issues you’re likely to run into. We’re going to offer some advice on dealing with one of the most problematic of these: rotted siding. If your gutters have overflowed too much over time, the water runs down the side of your home and can rot your wood siding. Here’s how to fix rotted siding! 

Step 1: Remove the section of offending wood first, then pull out the nails afterwards. Each board is so close together that you won’t want to risk damaging undamaged boards with a power tool. Use a hand tool (hammer, crow bar, saw) to remove the damaged pieces of siding. After the siding is removed, find each nail and pull it out.

Step 2: Measure and cut (if necessary) your new siding. If you’re using the same product or have a uniform length of board, making cuts may not be necessary. If you do need to cut, take your time and be precise. Gaps can be filled with sealer but leave too much space and it won’t end up looking very good.

Step 3: Get your new siding lined up and nail it in place. Make sure you get a nail into every stud, and before you attach it, be sure that you’re using the right type of nail.Only a stainless steel ring-shank nail for siding will do. Other nails will rust or come loose from their bonds. This nail was designed specifically for this purpose.  Learning how to fix rotted siding isn’t hard just remember the small details and you will be good to go! 

Step 4: If your new piece of siding is firmly in place, it’s time to paint it with good quality exterior paint. Remember, the point of this whole project is to keep the water out! Hopefully you have some extra paint in the garage otherwise you may need a quick trip to the hardware store.

If you decide not to fix rotted siding, know that you’re inviting more water damage to the structural components of your home. The biggest tip for how to fix rotted siding is to take your time and be careful. This is a project that many homeowners would ask someone else to do, but with a little know-how and a steady hand, you should be just fine.