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Wood Siding

Solid wood siding is considered the classic choice for siding. It has a warm, rich and strong aesthetic appeal which keeps it very popular. Wood is also more expensive then most other siding materials, but this is mainly because the cutting process is more tedious and requires more skill and time. Wood also requires routine treatment to ensure that it will remain durable and good looking. Treated wood will resist water damage, dry rot, and insect infestation. Wood siding should be treated every 4-6 years in order to ensure that the wood remain in good condition.

Wood remains the siding preference of architects and custom homebuilders because it is considered to be more visually appealing. Wood also maintains the value of the home, while providing an insulation factor as well. Furthermore, those concerned with the environment prefer wood over vinyl because wood is biodegradable and vinyl isn’t.

The most popular options with wood include cedar and redwood shingles. They are beautiful choices that are naturally resistant to insect and moisture damage. You can even stain them in a variety of finishes. Unfortunately, cedar shingles are expensive to install because they have to be fastened individually. Furthermore, wood requires more maintenance then vinyl. Cedar and redwood, as well as any other type of wood, must be periodically repainted to ensure its lasting beauty. And before you can repaint you need to wash and prime the surface first. These steps are important to ensure that wood siding doesn’t become infected with mold, insects, algae, and mildew.

An alternative to natural wood is engineered wood siding. Many homeowners turn to engineered wood siding because natural wood is hard to find. Regardless of your choice, wood siding lasts for years and years and maintains a natural beauty. Composite wood siding offers an excellent alternative to natural wood siding and it is available as lap siding boards, or as grooved or un-grooved siding panels. It’s smooth or textured surface can be perfectly matched to natural wood species, including cedar.

Things you should know about Wood Siding:

  • Wood siding is available in an array of color options.
  • With proper maintenance, Wood it can last up to 30 years!
  • Wood siding is available in both vertical and horizontal designs (clapboards, shakes, and shingles), or vertical wood siding (board and batten).
  • Wood siding is available in a wide variety of wood species which include:
    • Redwood
    • Cedar
    • Pine
    • Fir
    • Spruce
  • Wood siding is available in several unique types which include:
    • Split Log Siding
    • Ship Lap Siding
    • Flat Log Siding
    • Hard Board Lap Siding
    • Lapped Wood Siding
    • Bevel Siding
    • Channel Siding
    • Tongue and Groove Siding
    • Board and Batten
    • Round Log Siding

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Siding 101

There is a lot to know and to understand about siding before making an informed decision on the siding that is right for your house. You may be surprised, but it’s more than just the way it looks on the outside of your home. To truly understand siding, you must first understand what its importance is and how it is applied.

Shopping for Vinyl Siding

Any conscious consumer is wise enough to keep their budget in mind while shopping around for new siding, or any other item for that matter. Siding, in particular, can be broken down into the cost for installation and the cost for material. These are the two areas that you should focus on when trying to purchase the best siding option that fits into your budget. Furthermore, their will be additional costs for maintaining your siding that you should make sure to consider.

Siding Preparation

Of course you are paying to have your siding installed and most of the work rests in the hands of the professionals you have hired, but before the professionals arrive at your house there are a few things that you can do to prepare for them. The good news is that these things are not very difficult or time-consuming at all. In fact, it should only take you a few minutes.