How to Remove Siding and Repair Sheathing

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The can make a huge difference to the look of your home, or any building. But, that’s not the only thing that it does, it also provides a valuable extra layer of protection from the elements and can even save you money on your electricity bill.

Of course, you can simply purchase brand new siding and have it fitted, there are many different types of siding to consider, such as palisade cladding, wood cladding, or even metal.

Whatever siding system you choose, or already have, over time it is likely to be damaged or start to rot, (depending on the material). If it doesn’t, you still need to verify that the underneath is intact, rot can quickly spread. That’s why you need to know how to remove siding and repair sheathing, to keep your home protected, looking good, and maintain its value.

Step 1 – Decide What Needs To Be Replaced

You need to know which pieces of wood sheathing are rotting and need to be replaced. Even if a piece is slightly damaged, it’s safer to replace it, ensuring all the sheathing is in good condition.

You’ll probably need to start removing the siding to see the extent of the sheathing that needs to be replaced. Its best to do this with a special tool but, you can remove sliding with a flat pry bar and a hammer, just take it slow and do it carefully. It may be possible to reuse the siding.

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If you can’t re-use the siding then you’ll be looking at a suitable trash container and you won’t need to be so careful removing it. Of course, if you’re planning on re-using it you’ll need to be certain that you can get more siding the same, you’re almost certain to damage one bit when removing it.

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Step 2- Locate The Studs

The sheathing will be screwed to studs on your home. The best idea is to unscrew an entire panel, this will make it much easier to replace than trying to cut a piece out. 

If the stud is not obvious simply drill a few homes until you find the edge of it, you can then cut the sheathing piece out. You’ll find a reciprocating saw is perfect for this part of the job.

Step 3 – New Supports

Before you can screw a new piece of sheathing in you’ll need to add new pieces of 2 x 4 timber. These should be nailed or screwed to the existing stud. They’ll give you something to screw the new sheathing onto. 

It’s best to make sure these supports go behind the sheathing you’re keeping. It will make the whole thing stronger.

Step 4 – Add Your Sheath

You can now add your new sheathing, it’s easiest to screw it to the supports. Before you do, it will be important to measure the gap and cut a piece of sheathing to match, the closer the fit the better. 

This works for any size hole but you’ll need to ensure the strength of the repair by putting screws in every 8 inches, and where the support goes behind the existing sheathing. Don’t forget, all rotten or damaged sheathing should be cut out first and replaced.

Step 5 – Replace The Siding

You’re now ready to replace the siding or add in some new siding, whichever option works best for you and your home. Again, take your time with this to ensure it blends perfectly with the original siding. When you’ve done this you’ll be able to step back and admire your work, knowing that you’ve done everything properly.

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