When it comes to wall finishes, tongue and groove paneling is one of the most popular and attractive options available today. There are a variety of wood species to choose from, and tongue and groove paneling can fit with a lot of different design styles. Here are the basics to get you started.
The cost of applying tongue and groove wood paneling to a room depends on the type and quality of the wood used, as well as the size of the room. Get a couple price estimates to find out what your project would cost.
With the proper maintenance, tongue and groove paneling can last for decades. Keep the panels free from moisture for the best results.
Tongue and groove is a term used to refer to the way the boards are cut. Each board has one grooved side and one ridge (or tongue) side. When installing the boards, you snap them together by inserting the tongue into the groove. This produces an airtight seal that reduces moisture and keeps insects from infiltrating the wall.
You can install wood paneling directly over drywall. Begin by removing any trims or moldings. Locate your studs or ceiling joists and be sure to mark them in a location that won't be covered. Using a nail gun with finish nails, begin installing the panels. Start in a corner, with the grooved edge closest to the wall. Use a level to ensure the first piece is straight, and then attach the second piece over the tongue of the first, nailing both into place together. Continue until completely installed. When finished, stain, seal or paint the paneling. After it’s dry, reinstall the molding or trims, and reattach any fixtures or outlet covers.
Wood paneling has had a long history in home decoration. In fact, as one of the first ways to finish a room, wood paneling was used in European castles to keep out drafts and display the wealth of the occupants.
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