Wood siding how-to -- Part A -- Installing bevel siding

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Figure A: Installation of bevel siding.

The minimum lap for bevel siding should not be less than 1 inch. The average exposure distance is usually determined by the distance from the underside of the window sill to the top of the drip cap (See figure A).

From the standpoint of weather resistance and appearance, the butt edge of the first course of siding should coincide with the top of the window drip cap. In many one-story houses with an overhang, this course of siding is often replaced with a frieze board.

It is also desirable that the bottom of a siding course be flush with the underside of the window sill. However, this may not always be possible because of varying window heights and types that might be used in a house.

One system to determine the siding exposure width so that it is about equal above and below is described below:

  • Divide the overall height of the window frame by the approximate recommended exposure distance for the siding used (four inches for six-inch-wide siding, 6 for 8-inch siding, 8 for 10-inch siding, and 10 for 12-inch siding).
  • This will result in the number of courses between the top and the bottom of the window.
  • For example, the overall height of our sample window from the top of the drip cap to the bottom of the sill is 61 inches. If 12-inch siding is used, the number of courses would be 61/10 = 6.1, or six courses.
  • To obtain the exact exposure distance, divide 61 by 6 and the result would be 10 1/6 inches.
  • The next step is to determine the exposure distance from the bottom of the window sill to just below the top of the foundation wall. If this is 31 inches, three courses of 10 1/3 inches each would be used. Thus, the exposure distance above and below the window would be almost the same.

When this system is not satisfactory because of big differences in the two areas, it is preferable to use an equal exposure distance for the entire wall height and notch the siding at the window sill. The fit should be tight to prevent moisture entry.

Siding may be installed starting with the bottom course. It is normally blocked out with a starting strip the same thickness as the top of the siding board (See Figure A).

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