I'm painting a house I just bought (my very first house), and I have a
Several of the old cut-nails used to hold the siding on are loose, and
therefore the siding is loose. I'm in the process of sanding now, but
when I prime/paint, I want to secure the siding back to the house.
Should I use nails or screws?
At first, I thought, "Screws, absolutely." But do I WANT the siding
to be able to move around a little on the nail? Vinyl siding is put
Painted siding should not move. Painted siding gets caulked and sealed so
that it will not absorb water and moisture and when it is heated by the sun
or cooled by the weather it should remain inert. If water happens to get in
the siding will swell and shrink like a barometer.
I would use screws and stainless type, that have a pre-drill head and
possible bugle head with (seat-cleaning threads) these are trim and deck and
siding screws. They are expensive.
A person can seat these and caulk.
If the siding is clap siding or paint stain, it will absorb moisture and
tend to work......
If using nails use a rim shank type.....
No, it should _not_ be caulked (except perhaps at a corner). It is left
w/ bottom edges uncaulked specifically so any moisture has a path out
rather than pooling and being trapped behind...
For OP, agree a ring-shank siding nail would be fine--depending on the
sheathing, make sure you're nailing into something solid--may not be
anything solid-enough except at the wall studs if it's a fairly new
house. If it's old enough, the sheathing may be solid underneath.
some sidings are open bottom......ship lap, clapboard, etc. some sidings
are not. tongue and groove, and v-rustic.........I guess it depends on what
type of siding you are talking about when it comes to caulking.
I would not caulk a clapboard or shiplap, but would a t & g or
v-rustic.....it is made to be sealed tight.....
Maybe what I am talking about is what a painter does when he fill small gaps
and spaces and nail marks.....
Not that the entire length of the joint should be caulked....
V-Rustic stands alone fine......A heavy bodied paint will seal the joints
Use SS ring shank nails that are made specifically for siding. They are
much less ugly than screws and are almost invisible if installed
properly. They are soft and will bend if you hit a knot or such, but
otherwise drive pretty well.
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