Wood siding is the most common type of siding that you can put on a house. There are many types of wood siding such as cedar and redwood as well as different styles such as clapboard and plywood siding. Wood siding is the oldest type of siding for homes and they not only look fantastic giving the house a more natural look they also give the home great insulation. There are a few drawbacks that I will touch on later, which is why many people choose other types of siding such as stucco, aluminum, or vinyl.
Clapboard siding is made up of long wooden boards that are put on the house in a horizontal manner. Sometimes clapboard can make the siding look irregular in that they seem to be uneven, but if you use tapered or beveled wooden boards this can be corrected. There are some that think that if you put clapboard siding on a home in a vertical fashion they give the home a better look, but how you apply this type of siding is all up to you.
Plywood siding is pieces of wood that are all the same thickness that are put on hardwood. This type of wood siding is more durable than indoor plywood and what is one of the best features is that it is very waterproof. Because of this plywood siding is great for homes in areas that see a lot of rain and moisture.
Hardboard/Composition Board Siding
Hardboard/Composition board siding is wood fiber and adhesives that are compressed and then put on planks or wood sheets in order to make them stronger as well as more weather resistant. Typically hardwood/composition board siding can be up to 1six feet long, but it can be cut and when you do cut it the siding will look similar to clapboard siding.
Wood Siding Shakes
Shakes, also called cedar wood shingles, give the home a nice rustic look and this type of siding is made up of split and irregular cedar
shingles. These shingles are not smooth, but rough and they can be applied either all at once or you can also layer them for better weather resistance. Also, if they are layered you can do so in various styles giving you the type of look you want to achieve. However, one of the big drawbacks to shakes are they can crack and warp and they need to be checked periodically for these things.
Rectangular Plank Siding
Rectangular plank siding is smooth wooden planks that will meet evenly up with each other. They can be placed on a house horizontally or vertically and if they are placed on the home in a vertical fashion they will give a flat and smooth surface that only has spaces for battens to keep the moisture out.
Wood Siding Shingles
Shingles are much like shakes siding, but how they differ is that they are cut with a machine and are smooth and all the same size. They can be overlapped if they are on the high area of the home, but they can also be applied in patterns. One of the similar things shingles have in common with shakes is that they can warp and crack, so they also need to be checked periodically.
Wood Plank Siding
Wood plank siding is similar to rectangular plank wood siding since the boards are applied to home in a vertical fashion and they help prevent damage from water. However, wood plank siding comes in various shapes and they can also be cut in various ways in order to give
the siding both pattern and texture. In wood plank siding the kind of cuts that you can choose are channel, ship-lap, drop, bevel, and V-Groove.
Pros and Cons of Wood Siding
The type of siding that you use on your home will determine the look of it. You should do your homework on what type of siding you want, basically how you want your home to look. There are many different types of options when choosing siding with wood being the most popular. However, just like with any other type of siding there are pros and cons to the wood type. Here are a few of those pros and cons:
Look and Maintenance – You know wood is very popular not only because many beautiful houses have wood siding, but how many siding options are out there that are made of materials that try to imitate the look of wood. One of the biggest drawbacks of wood siding is that you must maintain it more than other types of siding. If you want a siding that does not require much maintenance than wood siding may not be your cup of tea. You should know that with wood siding it does not matter how well you take care of it you will still have to replace it. You should wash wood siding well about once a year and well as refinish it and paint it every two-three years or so. The less you take care of wood siding the more often you will have to replace it.
Durability and natural look – One of the main pros of wood siding is the natural look of it. Also, another pro along these lines is that it is very green in being it is good for the environment. Wood is a resource that is renewable and it will absorb the carbon dioxide in the air and it is also biodegradable. However, it is not as biodegradable if the wood has been treated. Wood siding is not as durable to other types of siding, as termites, fire, and birds can all cause it great damage. There are types of wood siding that have been protected with preservatives that are better for protecting against termites, but they will cost more. Still, the natural look of wood siding cannot be beat and it is very eco-friendly.
The Cost – As opposed to other types of siding wood siding costs more to maintain and it can cost more to apply. Wood siding is not the best for home insulation as well, but the more you spend on wood siding the better it will insulate the home.
Painting and Staining Wood Siding
The best types of paint and stain will help the siding from aging before its time, rotting, molding, getting moisture damage, and sun damage. As stated before if you choose wood siding you should paint or stain it every two-three years and the more you do so the more protection you
will get. Make sure that you use the very best paint and stain, as it will only give you more protection. Even by spending a little more money it is always recommended to use better protection products, as in the long run it will end up saving you money since you do not have to paint or stain it as often and it will give you better protection. No matter what type of wood siding you use this advice of staining and painting it rings true. The wood siding you pick for your home is all up to you and will be determined by several factors, but the paint and stain you use will be a fraction of the cost of the siding so choose the best protection products available.
Closely Look at the Wood Siding You Buy
When you go out to look for wood siding you need to play close attention to the kind of wood you buy. The cost is obviously a big factor, as is the durability of the siding. Thin and tight-knot bevel wood siding has been very popular for the last few years, but you should know that this siding, while very attractive, is made from younger trees and because of that it will warp and split more often. It is always a good idea to get a siding expert to walk you through what types of wood siding is available and how it will not only look, but what you will have to do to maintain it. Using a reputable wood siding contractor can greatly help you determine these things and they can help you pick the exact type of siding you want in how you want your home to look. If you use a siding contractor make sure they are a reputable one, as if they do not install it properly it can trap humidity and that can speed up the deterioration of the wood.
Grades of Wood Siding
You should know that many types of wood siding will be sold according to the wood’s grade. The more expensive the wood siding is the higher the grade will be and the less knots will be in the wood. Some of the names of wood siding names you will come across are Clear, Select, Number 1, A Grade, to just name a few of the better grades. Knotty and Common types are a couple of names associated with lower grade woods. It is always a good idea to purchase kiln-dried wood rather than green wood, as the kiln-dried wood will warp and shrink less.
If you would like the natural look of wood siding on your home, but do not want to deal with the maintenance and cost of real wood siding than composite wood siding may be the best choice for you. This type of siding is not authentic, but if you choose a good type than the more authentic it will look. Composite siding is also called engineered or re-manufactured wood siding can look great and cost you much less.
Composite wood siding is a good choice for many people, buy you should be aware that if it not installed in the right manner or is exposed to moisture often it is not as forgiving as real wood siding. However, if it is installed well and with proper maintenance it can last just as long as real wood siding. If you choose composite siding you will still have to paint and stain it, but not as often, especially if it is pre-treated. Also, with this type of siding it is a good idea to paint it or stain it before it is installed onto your home.