Few would disagree that wood siding is the most attractive of home siding options. Common types of wood siding include wood planks, boards or panels, and shingles. Wood clapboard siding is one of the oldest types of house siding, and you can see its beauty in many historic homes. The main drawbacks of wood siding are its cost and potential maintenance needs.
Wood siding comes in a wide variety of styles, textures and finishes. Let’s take a look a the most popular wood siding options from an aesthetic point of view.
Clapboard siding also called bevel siding, lap siding, and weatherboard, with regional variation in the definition of these terms, is wooden siding of a building in the form of horizontal boards, often overlapping.
Wood plank or board siding is vertical and comes in board-and-batten, board-on-board, and channel-groove or tongue-and-groove styles. Board siding also comes in a plywood version, often called T-111, which is simply exterior plywood with various face treatments and groove patterns to emulate a traditional board-and-batten design.
Wood shake shingles is a basic wooden shingle made from split logs. They are also called “shakes” in some areas of the country. Shakes / shingles have traditionally been used for roofing and siding applications around the world. Higher-grade shakes are typically used for roofing purposes, while the lower grades are used for siding.
Wood siding costs are going to run a bit higher than some other options but the aesthetics are unmatched. You will find the cost to install average wood siding will vary with material, finish quality, amount of surface area, number of windows and doors, preparation and special needs, and the labor rate. If you are considering wood siding have our experienced experts provide a free no cost estimate. We will estimate the wood siding as well as any other siding option you might want to compare with. All at no cost!
Wood siding comes in all different types of species. Lets take a look at a few:
A shake is a basic wooden shingle made from split logs. Shakes have traditionally been used for roofing and siding applications around the world. Higher-grade shakes are typically used for roofing purposes, while the lower grades are used for siding.1
This is a great softwood option that can also save the homeowner a fair amount of money the same way that pine can. Unlike pine, it is very easy to get fir siding in long lengths, which is ideal if you have a larger home and want to use pieces of wood without any breaks in them. Fir is very easy to install and will generally hold a finish very well without any problems. Because it is a softwood, it is easy to mill fir into a pattern without worrying about the wood splitting or breaking. This means that you can have your fir cut into a board-and-batten, shiplap, or tongue-and-groove pattern without any problems. 2
A member of the pine family, spruce is yet another option for homeowners who want a softwood that will look great once installed but won’t cause them to go over budget when replacing their siding. Spruce is often used as a substitute for pine when pine is not available for siding. One problem with spruce is that it does not come in any longer lengths than pine does. This type of wood is not rot-resistant so the homeowners who install spruce on their homes need to be willing to seal it and maintain it so that it does not rot or become affected by insects. Spruce is often used for board siding and is very commonly used as clapboards. 3
One of the main benefits of using redwood for your home’s siding is that it can be used in most any climate without any problems. It is very easily recognizable due to its rich tone and texture. Additionally, since redwood is resistant to shrinking, you don’t have to worry about how the wood will look in a few years or if the joints will cup or warp. This gives homeowners peace of mind that the investment they put into their homes will continue to look great. There is very little pitch in redwood, which means that it does a great job both absorbing and retaining the finish that is put on the wood. In turn, this means that you don’t have to spend a lot of time or resources updating or maintaining your siding. While it is very easily obtained in the West of the United States, because it is harder to get in other areas, it tends to be more expensive. 4
Cedar is a very attractive wood to use for siding on your home and is a favorite for many people. One of the reasons why people love cedar siding so much is because it has a gorgeous grain that can be revealed through the stain. Cedar does a great job taking stain and is very easy to maintain. Not only is cedar gorgeous but it is also rot-resistant. This means that even if you do not provide your siding with all of the maintenance that it needs, you won’t have to really worry about the condition of your home and siding. Cedar is not only used in siding but also in shingles and shakes because of how durable and reliable it is. This wood is very resistant to cupping, swelling, and splitting. Because cedar is relatively easy to work with and is a forgiving wood, you generally don’t need to worry about the boards breaking or splitting during installation. 5
This hardwood is very desirable for siding due to how durable it is. In fact, cypress is often salvaged from old homes that are being demolished and can be used on a new home without any worry of the durability of the wood siding. Cypress is similar to cedar and redwood in that it is resistant to rot and will naturally repel insects but the wood itself still needs to be treated to ensure that it will last for a long time and to help protect it, especially as it ages. This wood is very light in weight, making it ideal for anyone who is going to be installing his or her new siding on his or her own and is worried about how heavy the boards may be. One problem that people run into when they are considering cypress for their siding is that it is very difficult to mill. Combined with the expense, this difficulty is the reason why you don’t see cypress very often on new buildings but it is still a great choice for anyone who isn’t worried about the increased cost. 6