Wood siding is an environmentally friendly choice because it is biodegradable and does not emit pollutants during the manufacturing process. It is also one of the oldest siding options available. Wood has a natural, traditional, and beautiful look.
This siding is typically made from cedar, fir, cypress. pine, spruce, or redwood. Wood can can be left in its natural state, painted, or stained in a limitless selection of colors.
Different Profiles of Wood Siding:
Wood siding is available in various profiles to create unique looks:
- Board and Batten: comprised of wide boards joined together and a batten (a thin piece of wood put at the joint of two boards to cover the gap). Typically installed vertically or horizontally.
- Shingles or Shakes – thin, lightweight pieces of wood with a tapered shape. Shingles or shakes are overlapped. Creates a rustic look.
- Clapboards – long, thin boards installed horizontally with a slight overlap.
- Drop Siding – the top of each horizontally-placed board is fitted into a groove in the lower edge of the board on top of it.
- Vertical Boards –vertically placed wide boards with narrow boards in between them.
Pros of Wood:
- Wood siding is available in a variety of wood species, profiles, and stains.
- If properly maintained, wood can last for a long time.
- Eco-friendliest of all siding types.
- Wood is considered high-value. This will boost your home’s resale value.
Cons of Wood:
- Can be expensive depending on the type of wood.
- If not properly maintained, wood can rot, crack, split, or warp.
- Wood is subject to damage by woodpeckers and termites.
- It needs to be maintained, which can be expensive. Wood needs to be cleaned every year. As well, every few years it needs restained or repainted. Immediately replace any damaged wood. This prevents water damage to other sections of the siding.
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