Installation Instructions for WoodHaven Log Siding
Compound Miter Saw
Large Flathead Screwdriver
To Start Your Project:
Set all of your Outside Vertical Corners (OVC). This can be done by screwing the corners directly through the OVC to connect to the house or if you prefer not to have any screws visible, use perforated steel strapping. Screw strapping to a 90° slot on the back of the OVC. Let the strapping stick out from the OVC six to twelve inches. Connect the other end to the house, making sure you hit studs in the corner of the house.
Now it’s time to set the “D” trim around all the windows and doors. If the “D” trim doesn’t set level against the windows and wall, use shim stock to get it as close to a 90 ° angle, so that the log siding will butt tighter to the “D” trim. This is not always possible so you might have to miter the log siding to achieve a tighter fit.
Once you have completed all the “D” trim and OVC, you are ready to start your log siding. When starting your log siding, always start at the corner that is most visible to your driveway and road accesses. This way, if there is a discrepancy in your house from corner to corner you can still keep your lines straight from side to side. You will always want to work in a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction. Always end your project at a corner that is most non-visible to public or traffic. Take a four to six foot level and level the first piece of log siding to the sill plate, run screws through the top of the tongue at a 45 ° angle and the bottom screws the same through the groove to connect in the sill plate.
Now that the bottom row is level and secured to the wall, begin stacking and screwing the next piece on the wall, stair-stepping as you move up the wall. While screwing through the tongue, if it happens to splinter, do not be concerned. Just remove the splinter and continue. There is no reason to pre-drill holes for screws. The angle at which the screw is driven at allows the screw to go through the back of the log siding. Always look down the wall you are working on. Look for bulges and depressions in the wall. Where these occur, simply tighten or loosen the screws as needed, or shim. If there is a crown to the wood, simply use a large flathead screwdriver to pull the area down to the stack of the previous piece of log siding.
Remember, there is no wood product that is going to be at the tolerance of a manufactured aluminum or vinyl siding, but the appearance is no comparison to WoodHaven’s natural wood products.
These are some simple hints and pointers to make your WoodHaven project easier for you and to give it the appearance and integrity of a professional WoodHaven installation. If at any time in your project you run into any issues, please feel free to call your WoodHaven dealer so we can help you through your project.
Thank you for choosing WoodHaven products for your home improvement needs.