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How to Install Vertical Siding

Vertical siding is a popular and versatile choice for homeowners seeking to enhance the exterior appearance of their homes. With its clean lines, visual interest, and ability to complement various architectural styles, vertical siding offers a timeless and elegant look. Whether you’re looking to update your home’s exterior or embark on a new construction project, this step-by-step guide will walk you through the process of how to install vertical siding.

Step 1: Assessing the Surface

Before beginning the siding installation, it is crucial to assess the surface where the vertical siding will be installed. Ensure that the substrate is free from any damage, rot, or other defects. Repair and prepare the surface as needed, including replacing any damaged boards or applying a water-resistant barrier, such as house wrap, to protect against moisture infiltration.

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Vertical bamboo siding. Photo by Ankur P. from Pune, India.

Step 2: Measuring and Calculating Materials

Accurate measurements are key to ensuring that you have the right amount of vertical siding for your project. Measure the height and width of each wall to determine the total square footage of siding required. Remember to account for openings such as windows and doors. It is recommended to add a 10% extra material allowance for waste and future repairs.

Step 3: Acquiring the Necessary Tools and Materials

To install vertical siding, you will need the following tools and materials:

Vertical siding panels
Starter strips
Corner posts
Nails or screws
Tape measure
Utility knife
Caulk and caulk gun
Saw (if cutting is required)
Ensure you have all the necessary tools and materials before starting the installation process.

Step 4: Installing the Starter Strips and J-Channels

Begin by installing the starter strips at the bottom of the wall and around any windows or doors. The starter strips provide a secure base for the vertical siding panels and help ensure a straight and level installation. Next, attach J-channels along the sides and top of windows, doors, and corners to create a clean edge and allow for expansion and contraction of the siding.

Step 5: Installing the Vertical Siding Panels

Start at one corner of the wall and secure the first vertical siding panel, ensuring it aligns with the starter strip or the bottom edge of the wall. Use nails or screws to fasten the panel to the wall, leaving a small gap for expansion. Continue installing the panels one by one, overlapping the previous panel’s groove with the next panel’s projection. Use a level to ensure each panel is plumb (vertically level) and adjust if necessary.

Step 6: Adding Corner Posts and Trim

As you progress with the installation, continue adding corner posts at the edges of the wall to provide stability and a clean finish. Trim pieces around windows, doors, and other openings should also be installed at this stage to create a polished look and protect against water intrusion.

Step 7: Finishing Touches

Once all the vertical siding panels, corner posts, and trim pieces are securely installed, carefully inspect the entire surface for any gaps or exposed nail heads. Use caulk to seal any gaps and add a professional touch to the finished installation. Allow sufficient time for the caulk to dry before painting or applying any protective coating.

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Board and batten vertical siding. Photo by Cezar Suceveanu.

Types of Siding

We offer many types of siding options:

  • Ipe
  • Cedar
  • Levantè
  • Tropical Hardwoods
  • Cypress
  • Trespa Pura
  • Redwood
  • New Techwood
  • Bamboo

Head over to our siding and ceiling service page for more details.

Here is a helpful video that explains how to install Trespa Pura vertical siding.


Installing vertical siding can be a rewarding home improvement project that significantly enhances your home’s curb appeal. By following this step-by-step guide, you can confidently tackle the installation process, ensuring a durable and aesthetically pleasing result. Remember to take your time, pay attention to detail, and consult professional assistance if needed.

With proper installation and maintenance, your vertical siding will not only enhance your home’s beauty but also offer protection for years to come. Here are Lee Roy Jordan Lumber, we do more than just siding. We offer fencing, decking, timbers, and more.

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