The Advantages of Wood Siding
Posted 4/18/2022 by Amanda Hall
Before selecting a siding option for your home, it’s important to understand the advantages of the different types of materials. Wood has been one of the oldest siding options on the market, and it’s stood the test of time for good reason. Wood has many advantages: it’s versatile, it can add value to your home, it’s eco-friendly, and it’s easy to work with.
Wood is very versatile in nature. It comes in multiple styles including lap, shingle, shake, tongue and groove, board and batten, and bevel. You can mix and match these profiles and install them in horizontal or vertical patterns to create custom exterior designs. See all our different types of siding patterns available.
Wood siding comes in a variety of textures to achieve different looks. You can buy it smooth, rough sawn, wire-brushed or in a charred “shou sugi ban” style. From rustic to modern, wood siding can fit within multiple exterior design categories.
Wood can be painted or stained in an endless array of colors, or you can buy it prefinished. If it’s a cedar or hemlock species, like our Thermally Modified Vertical Grain Hemlock, you can let that wood naturally gray over time, which is popular in Cape Cod style homes.
Wood is considered a “high-end siding,” offering a natural bespoke look and feel. Wood siding is a greater investment than vinyl siding, but it will greatly increase your home’s aesthetic appeal and resale value. There are a lot of siding materials made to look like wood, but nothing can truly replace the real thing.
Wood is the world’s most renewable resource. It’s much more eco-friendly than vinyl siding, for example, that is made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Our prefinished Thermally Modified Wood Collection cladding is painted with low VOC paint, and we use heat and steam to stabilize the wood and make it rot resistant without the use of chemicals. Although this process still takes energy, wood siding takes much less energy to manufacture than petroleum-based siding options.
Wood siding is simple to install, repair, and finish. This can save you costs upfront by cutting down on installation time. If there are repairs that need to be done, the damaged wood piece can easily be removed and replaced. Holes can be filled with wood putty and any warped siding can be adjusted with screws or replaced per board. Our Thermally Modified Wood Collection is especially easy to work with since it is much lighter than typical wood siding because the wood’s sugars have been “cooked out” in the thermal modification process.
Check out all our wood siding options for your next project.