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Installing Bevel Siding

Installing Bevel Siding (Clapboards)

Spacing for the siding should be laid out beforehand. The number of board spaces between the soffit and bottom of the lowest piece of siding at the foundation should be such that the overlap is as per the table.

Start with the bottom course using a furring strip to support the lower edge. Each succeeding course overlaps the upper edge of the previous one by a minimum of 1 inch. Rabbeted patterns are self-spacing, but leave 1/8 inch expansion clearance. Where possible, the bottom of the board that is placed across the top of the windows should coincide with the window cap.

Bevel Siding Installation Profile Diagram

Bevel siding should be face nailed to studs with 1-1/4 inch penetration into solid wood using one nail per piece spaced at a maximum of 24 inches on center. Place nail just above the overlap. Take care not to nail through the overlap of two pieces.

Do not reduce the siding overlap recommendations given in the installation sections of this publication. Doing so could result in damage from wind-driven water. Use the larger overlaps for unseasoned sidings to allow for shrinkage and expansion. Take care not to overdrive fasteners when using larger overlaps. Butt joints between boards should be staggered and meet on studs. Fit siding snugly to other pieces and to trim.

Recommended Overlap
Nominal Size (in.)Overlap (in.)
41
61
81 to 1-1/8
101 to 1-1/2
121 to 2

*These overlap recommendations must be followed for proper installation.

Please note that the measurements displayed on this webpage are displayed in Imperial units. If metric is required, please perform the proper conversion as necessary.
Please note that the standards, grades and other information mentioned on this webpage are based on North American data. Please refer to your local resources or authorities for country-specific data relating to a particular country if required.