How to Hang Siding Like a Pro - Part 1

Hey everyone! We are finally on our last leg of our 10 month siding project! Turns out things take a little longer when you are unpacking, moving in and taking care of two kiddos. We bought our siding before we ever moved into the house because of the amazing deal we got on it. You can read all about that HERE

Now we've finally gotten our ducks in the row to start our tutorial series that passes what we've learned along to you. We won't lie to you - residing your whole house yourself is not for the feeble hearted, but it IS something you can do. So here we go. 


Prep the house for siding.

This assumes that you've already hung your house wrap and are ready to start installing siding. :) 

1. Create a straight line

You need to create a straight line all the way around the house. This is done with a transit like this one. There are alot of helpful videos and tutorials already out there on how exactly to do this :) 

2. Find your starter strip line:

  • Measure from your line created with a transit and find what the lowest point to the top of your foundation is.  
  • Go up an inch from that, and this is the top of your starter strip. 


3. Install your starter strip

  • Chalk the line from the measurement above and then put the starter strip on with the top matching your chalk line. 
  • You'll nail the starter strip in every 16 inches into the studs of the house


install siding 8

4. Install any corners that you have.

Check back for a tutorial on how to install corners and specialized trim

Install your siding


1. Make sure your siding ends are straight

Our siding had staggered ends. Unless you are hanging shake siding like us you should not have this problem and you can skip to the next step. If you ARE working with shake siding, use a carpenter square and draw on edge and use a circular saw or cut it with a pair of tin snips. 

2. Clip in the siding to the starter strip

Each peice of siding has a ridge along the bottom that clips into the starter strip, or onto the piece of the siding below it. You want to use a hammer to really make a tight clip between the bottom ridge of the siding piece and the starter strip. 

Install siding 3
install siding 6

3. Connect siding pieces together. 

  • On regular siding you need at least one inch of overlap. On the shake siding we were installing it has a measure that will show you how much overlap you need. Your siding should come with instructions in the box that will show you how much overlap you need between sections. 
  • Each piece of siding has clips that run along the side that slide in. Each brand is a little different in how they are designed to connect (of course, wouldn't want to make it too easy right!?) Again, double check with your instructions to see how. 
Install siding 4

You can see on our siding the tabs that slide into the other piece. 

install siding 7

4. Nail the siding down

  • There is a place for nailing the siding across the top of each piece. You'll want to use ___________ nails. 
  • Drive a nail into every stud. The best way to find the stud is to find the seam of the backer board that's on the house. You can run your hand along the house and should be able to feel the seam. Where that piece meets will be a stud.
  • From that backer board seam measure with 16 inches, there's your next stud. Repeat until you run out of house :) Every 16 inches will be a new stud. 
  • Make sure not to drive the nail tight to the wall. Leave a little bit of room for natural expansion and contraction. 
install siding 5
Siding 1.jpg

5. Stagger your siding

  • Once you run the first row you'll last piece will most likely be cut to fit. You'll want to take the leftover siding from that piece to start your new row. So if you have an 16 foot piece of siding and you cut 4 feet to finish a row, take the 12 foot piece to start your new row. 

6. Go get yourself some coffee before you start doing the angled roof parts of the house. 

This is where hanging siding can get a little more tricky - but don't worry - you've got this! We'll be back with part 2 soon that will walk you through the whole thing. 

Until next time!