Enduring Charm LLC

Clapboard Siding Repair


Step one--all the old siding is removed.  There was not a stitch of insulation or any other protection for the house originally installed other than the clapboards themselves.  Notice the makeshift "studs" in between the posts.


Insulation is added to all the open bays, which will greatly enhance the warmth of the rooms inside.  The rest of the house already had foam insulation installed.  


Felt paper is applied over the insulation for protection.  If the entire house were being re-sided plywood sheathing would be the right thing to do, but that step requires replacement of exterior trim too.  


The new cedar clapboards are installed over the felt paper.


The spacing of the new clapboards follows the original and idiosyncratic spacing of the old siding.  It varies between 4 1/2 to 6 inch exposure.  There is no rhyme or reason to it, but that is part of the charm.


This window sill is a goner.  


To repair the sill, it is first cut out and removed.  


The old nails and debris are cleaned out.


Finally, a new window sill is installed.



My clients live in an 1830's post and beam home, with wood clapboard siding applied directly to the frame and lots of honest character.

One section of clapboards on an exterior wall had seen better days and the decision was made to replace the entire section.

During the process insulation and 30# felt paper was added to keep the cold out and a rotted window sill was replaced.

These pictures represent an opportunity to see how a typical old timber-framed structure was built.

--John Painter, Owner