A great way to improve your home is to install wood siding. If taken care of properly, this type of siding will last over 30 years, has great insulating qualities and has a gorgeous look. Wood siding can be painted or stained to any color you wish and can also be sealed for a natural look.
Wood siding comes in several types of wood such as; cedar, pine, spruce, redwood and cypress and come in different classes of wood , including milled boards, clapboards, hardwood and plywood sheets, shingles and shakes. These materials have different uses and different looks to them.
Milled-board is installed in sections in various configurations, usually a horizontal pattern with one board nailed on top of the other. Hardwood can be applied in sections or sheets, usually tongue and groove that is horizontal or it can be vertical by using the board and batten style of installation. Shakes and shingles are installed vertically, the most luxurious of which is redwood or cedar shakes.
Wood siding is extremely durable when properly treated. Wood siding will hold up to heat, cold, wind and sunlight, and also helps insulate your home by holding the heat or cool air in the home where it belongs. On the down side, wood is susceptible to insect infestation. If you choose wood siding, make sure you have it treated to protect it from pests and damage.
When you decide to make the investment on new wood siding, you will want to consult with a qualified wood siding contractor who will help you choose the right materials and styles that will work within your budget.
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