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Tongue and Groove Wood Paneling

There are many ways to finish your walls.
You can apply textures, faux finishes, special paints, wallpapers, and
different forms of wood paneling. In previous articles, we’ve discussed
many of the various finish techniques. One area we haven’t yet covered
is wood paneling.

Modern Wood Paneling

When
many of us hear the term “wood paneling” we picture the out-dated
styles of the sixties and seventies. Don’t allow those negative images
to deter you. Wood paneling has come full circle and is now available
in very modern and contemporary designs.

Tongue and Groove Paneling

Tongue and groove paneling is one of the most attractive options available today. As illustrated in these pictures,
it comes in many beautiful options. Choose between unfinished redwoods,
knotty pines, and red and white cedars. All of these can be stained the
color of your choosing, or simply sealed for a natural, authentic look.

Installation

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). When installing
the boards, you snap them together by inserting the tongue into the
groove. This produces an airtight seal that reduces moisture and
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 dry,
reinstall the molding or trims, and reattach any fixtures or outlet
covers.

Wood paneling is a beautiful way to instantly transform a room. Request free estimates from prescreened contractors in your area to install wood panel in your home.

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.

Costs

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.

Pros

Can fit in with most design styles.

Tongue and groove paneling can be a very inexpensive way to dress up a wall.

Requires little maintenance.

Cons

Real wood planks need to be stained first.

The trim that should be paired with tongue and groove paneling can be expensive.

The wood planks used to create the tongue and groove paneling can expand and contract with moisture.

Durability

With the proper maintenance, tongue and groove paneling can last for decades. Keep the panels free from moisture for the best results.

Common Questions and Answers

What does the term “tongue and groove” mean?

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

How should tongue and groove wood panels be installed?

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

History

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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