T 111 Plywood Siding
T 111 wood siding comes in two major grades. They are OSB (oriented standard board) and Plywood respectively. The plywood variety, which is what we will be discussing in this article, is little more expensive than the OSB because it is far more superior to the OSB. T 111 Plywood siding is more durable and has an expanded finishing option than the OSB. It is also known simply as “Plywood siding”. Plywood Siding can come in sanded or rough hewn surface, although selecting any of these surfaces is a matter of the buyer’s aesthetic orientation. Maintenance of Plywood siding is simply either by staining to get a natural wood- look, or primed and painted. Installing a plywood siding is similar to OSB and the steps or activities below can help you get it done successfully.
The T 111 Plywood siding is a good exterior siding and can be installed directly over the stud of the centre. It has grooves for decoration and you can choose between 4 inch groove spacing or 8 inches spacing. You can get what is called a reverse board and batten that is about 12 inches on centre. The thickness of the wall to be sided will determine the thickness of the plywood. Joints need to meet at a stud for support and for nailing surface for the plywood. It is also important to trim the edges to prevent it from being vulnerable to weather. After all these considerations, the following steps can be taken to install T 111 Plywood siding.
Steps To Install T 111 Plywood Siding
- Get a helper someone that will help in carrying and moving the plywood with you as necessary.
- Create a guide for the bottom edges of the siding level can be done using a line level and a chalk line level the chalk line with a line level then remove the level and mark the line in all four sides.
- Now, with the helper, hold the first panel at a corner and align the bottom edges with chalk line. Ensure that the panel is plumb and the edges are centered on the studs; you may need to trim until you get the edge right.
- Mark the top panel to enable you cut it. After marking the panel, take it down and cut the openings on its top edge for the rafters. The opening on its top edge should be larger than the rafters so they will fit perfectly without a tight squeeze.
- Nail the first panel in place with appropriate nails so they won’t damage the wood. Nails should be 6 inches apart around the edges and 12 inches apart into the remaining studs.
- Cut rafter openings on the second panel and nail it alongside the first, leaving a l/8’ gap between them and continue with the process all the way around. When you get to any opening, such as window, measure it and cut pieces to fit around it.
- This is the final stage and it involves putting up the T 111 plywood siding. It is an easy task as long as there is someone assisting you. With accurate measurement and a good saw, you should be able to move right along with installing the siding. The more difficult part of putting up plywood sliding is the finishing, which includes putting up the trim and creating a clean finished look. The final activity is to either paint or treat the siding. Remember to quality paint to paint or stain to ensure great aesthetic appearance.
Conclusively, T 111 plywood siding is not better than OSB variety, but it is safe to say, you get what you pay for.