prefinished pine panelingWorking on any kind of home renovation is going to be difficult, but we’d like to think that our prefinished pine paneling makes the job just a little bit easier, even if only marginally. First of all, we have a patented tongue and groove end matching system that makes it not only simple, but reduces the waste that you will accumulate during the course of the installation. While all of this is definitely a plus, there are still some things that you will need to do in order to prepare for your installation. Don’t worry, it’s not too difficult.

Preparing Your Walls for Prefinished Pine Paneling Installation

There is a general consensus that you can indeed install your pine paneling over drywall but it is not highly recommended for a few reasons. First of all, it extends the length of your walls and shrinks your home interior, even if only by a few inches. Secondly you’re probably going to find it difficult to install the paneling vertically if that was your goal in the first place. Because studs also run horizontally, you would be unable to modify the structure behind the drywall unless you take the extra step of removing the drywall intact. In the end, that’s just a mess for everyone. That being said, we’re going to discuss getting your walls ready and make your home look as good as possible at the end of the day.

Tip #1: Tear Down the Drywall

We can’t stress enough the importance of tearing down the drywall properly. In an ideal situation you would want to remove it completely un harmed, but let’s be honest, some of it is going to break. Also, in another ideal situation the drywall hangers would have used screws to secure the panels to the wall, and in that case you will simply need to use a drill to remove them. In the event they did not, however, you will need to go so far as to use a claw hammer or pry bar to remove the panels. In some cases you will need to break them outright. The same logic will apply if you are removing an inferior wood panel from the wall – it all has to come down.

Tip #2: Clean up the Studs

Wood Workers ShoppeAfter you remove the panels or drywall you will want to make sure that the studs are properly cleaned. This means getting rid of any leftover adhesive, nails, or splinters. This would also be a good time to make sure that all of the studs are in proper condition and do not need replaced – it happens sometimes. If you find that there is a problem in that regard you would do well to call in a professional framer so that the wall can be properly braced while the stud is replaced.

Tip #3: Check the Insulation

While the walls are bare you have a rare opportunity to check the insulation. Sometimes insulation can be chewed by animals (rats, mice, raccoons) and you may need to replace it. While the wall is open, check over every inch of your insulation and replace as needed, you may never get another chance to do this.

Proceeding with Your Installation

Finally, you’ll be able to move on with your installation, putting up your interior pine paneling as you wish. The Wood Workers Shoppe provides a high quality product and is often considered to be the best cedar log cabin siding company available. The wood paneling, once again, is end matched and will be extremely easy to install once you have prepared your walls. In addition to that, make sure you take a quick look at all of the items the Wood Workers Shoppe has to offer, from art murals, to maps, and various fixtures which will serve to make your home a much more inviting place. It’s time to build the rustic home you’ve always dreamed of, both inside and out.