Step Three: The Siding
Installing the siding on your Clubhouse Siding isn’t just to keep the wind and cold out of a building, it’s also where much of it’s aesthetic beauty of the Clubhouse is drawn from. When it comes to putting the siding on your clubhouse, you have many different options. If you are not going to paint the wood type sidings, make sure to use some water sealing treatment to preserve the natural beauty and prevent weathering. Remember, except for plywood, windows should be installed first before siding. Here are the major types listed from cheapest to most expensive.
The most simple method is to use T1-11 plywood siding. T1-11 uses groves to simulate shiplap siding but is much cheaper. Cut it to match the wall height and rip it so that the ends will land between a stud. This will allow you something to nail too. Make sure which side you rip as you will need an equal amount of under and over grooved edges. Don’t worry if the plywood covers the window and door openings. Just go back with a reciprocating saw and cut them out. Use the same nailing method as the plywood floor. Put a primer coat of paint on and two coats of regular paint and you’re done.
Vinyl siding requires plywood or OSB be first installed onto the outside of the playhouse’s walls as in the T1-11 method. Although not necessary with a playhouse, Tyvek house wrap can be used to help keep water and dampness off the plywood. Windows should be installed at this point. Use J-channeling around the perimeter of the clubhouse and corners. Installing J-channeling fast and with the proper technique is an art form, but this is a child’s clubhouse so don’t sweat it. Snapping a level chalk line is a good way to get started with the vinyl siding. Mark the spacing up the wall the wall beforehand to keep thigns moving along well. When install vinyl siding, be sure to always use roofing nails so that nothing will fall off eventually. This site is a great help when installing vinyl siding.
Shiplap siding is made of tongue and groove boards that must be installed from the bottom up to keep water out. Windows should be installed before siding and the shiplap should be installed before the walls are put into place. For the shorter walls, make sure to have the siding over hang the walls on both sides to cover the last stud on the perpendicular wall. Put just a single nail into each of the studs the siding covers. Make sure to have a circular and jig saw ready to cut around the openings.
Cedar Shingle Siding
Using cedar has the benefits of lasting a long time and looking great. They can also be a bit tricky to install if you haven’t had prior experience with wood shingles. The easiest way to install wood shingles is to first cover the walls with plywood, very much like in the T1-11 installation. Make sure the plywood is at least 3/4” or the nails used to attach the shingles will stick through. After cutting out the clubhouse openings, windows should be installed. When beginning the shingles, work from bottom up using a level to make sure they aren’t slanted. Most shingles should be nailed twice on each side and cover the nails and joints of the last layer by at least 3”. This site is also a great help when installing shingle siding
Adirondack Timber Siding
Adirondack siding is like installing very long wood shingles. Because of the non-factory edge, making them perfectly level isn’t necessary. Be sure to have all nails covered by the next layer and have a circular and jig saw handy for making cuts. This type of siding fades very quickly and using water sealing treatment is recommended.