Quick Tip: Installing Clapboard Siding

If you're installing clapboard siding, these tips on hanging the material can help you ensure that it looks right and remains watertight.

By Bob Vila | Updated Feb 7, 2018 11:57 AM

We may earn revenue from the products available on this page and participate in affiliate programs.


When installing clapboard siding, it’s important to overlap all joints. Here’s a way to get started that will ensure staggered joints every time. Create a pyramid effect by cutting different lengths every 16 inches. We’ve chosen 16 inches, because we nail directly into wall studs, which are spaced 16 inches on center. This method also makes use of more of your siding material, leaving less waste.

For more on siding, consider:

Wood Siding Options
Bob Vila’s Guide to Exterior Siding
Installing Clapboard Siding and Cedar Trim (VIDEO)