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5 Steps to Installing Shiplap Cladding On Your Shed – Our Guide to Your Home Projects

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Makers and woodworkers know the importance of maintaining an outdoor shed, especially from inclement weather conditions during heavy rainfall, snow, and more. With that in mind, shiplap cladding offers the solution as it can provide the durability you need. 

Similar to the unprecedented strength of a tongue and groove cladding, it can do wonders for your workshop as it enhances its functionality while improving its cosmetic appeal. The overlap cladding design is also excellent for keeping the space watertight. 

What is Shiplap Cladding? 

By definition, shiplap is a type of wooden board that is commonly used as an exterior wall for buildings as it provides effective protection against water and other harsh weather elements all for a cost-effective price. The wooden cladding also gives a distinct rustic charm, making it popular in cozy cottages and has now found its way inside the interiors of many homes. 

Other than providing a shabby chic accent to your interior, it’s the perfect addition to outdoor sheds for its practicality and ability to add warmth to an otherwise cold space. 

Fortunately, installing shiplap cladding won’t overeat your time and money to complete the project.

What You Will Need:

  • 8-ft. x 8-ft. shiplap boards (the measurements may vary depending on your shed)
  • 8-ft. x 12-ft. shiplap boards (the sizes may vary depending on your shed)
  • White screws
  • Compound miter saw
  • Table saw
  • Cordless drill for the screws
  • Jigsaw
  • Primer

Installing Shiplap Cladding in 5 Easy Steps

Step #1: Measure the Boards 

Just like how you would start any woodworking project, one of the most critical factors that can make or mar your experience is getting accurate measurements. Speaking of which, start by measuring the length that covers the first row. Then, create a square to cut the line across the board. 

Cut the two boards if the distance is too long for the other board to ensure that the joint is still at the center of the stud. To that end, you can then align the joints over different studs on consecutive rows.

Step #2: Cut and Sand Boards 

The next step is to take out your circular saw or compound miter saw to slice through the wooden boards to its desired length. The ends are likely to splinter, which you can easily remove by sanding the sides. 

Be sure to measure and then cut as you move forward the process, instead of cutting all the boards at once, to ensure your measurements will be consistent and accurate even if the wooden boards have slight variations in length. 

Step #3: Attach the First Row 

After cutting the boards in length, you can move onto positioning the first row of boards to overrun your existing slab at the base of the wall. Hammer in two nails to temporarily secure the row as you still need to check whether the boards are uniform and aligned using a spirit level and adjust as you go. 

If the boards are on a level to your liking and needs, you can secure the nails by hammering through the top of the boards and into the studs. 

Step #4: Secure the Next Rows 

Cover the nails and fasteners by placing the next row on top of the first weatherboard, which makes for a more secure and cleaner look. Use galvanized nails to secure the next rows. Don’t forget to mark the top on the studs at intervals to determine and distinguish the desired coverage of the boards.

Step #5: Apply the Finish 

Once you are done overlapping the boards one on top of the other, you can give it a brand new look by applying a primer, especially at the exposed cut edges of the board. Enhance the coating by adding UV-resistant exterior acrylic to extend its lifespan.

The Bottom Line

If you’re looking to enhance the functionality and look of your shed, shiplap cladding provides dramatic changes without the need to shell out too much of your time and money. 

The simple installation and inexpensive price tag make it a weekend project that home DIYers and seasoned woodworkers can complete without a cinch. With that in mind, the guide above should help you get started on the right foot. 

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