09-19-2011 03:14 AM
The bottom wood siding of our garage is starting to rot. We have the replacement wood siding pieces in the attic of our garage. We don't know how to go about removing the very bottom piece of siding and replacing it with a new one.
09-19-2011 02:41 PM - edited 09-19-2011 02:42 PM
Thanks for joining the community.
It was very fortunate that some of the siding was saved from the original build. Sometimes you have to track it down and it’s not always the same.
Siding is usually nailed from the bottom row up. The first board is nailed high enough to be hidden by the next row of siding – so that the nai9ls are hidden. When removing a row to repair it’s necessary to also loosen or remove the next row as well to gain access to the nails.
Also, it’s a good idea to prime the whole piece of new siding on all sides to prevent any future damage. If you are leaving the siding unfinished (like natural cedar) then you may want to coat all sides with a clear weather proofing sealer for wood like BEHR’s Waterproofing Wood Protector.
Hope this is helpful.