The exterior look of a home is very important so choosing the right type of exterior cladding is crucial. With so many different kinds available nowadays its hard to know what is right for your home. Let’s consider one cladding type, wooden siding, this has been around for decades, and with good reason. Even among this category of cladding, there are many different kinds of wooden siding. Let’s look at a few of them;
One siding type you will come across is solid wood or lumber siding. This is one of the more common kinds of wood siding. It is durable and attractive in appearance (as long as it’s maintained well) and can be placed horizontally, vertically or diagonally.
Then we have hardboard siding which is a less expensive option. This will generally be comprised of wooden fiberboard, compressed and made using synthetic adhesive. Then it is treated with an EPA approved preservative which helps to prevent decay and insect damage.
Plywood can be another good wooden siding choice. Woods commonly used for this are: Douglas fir, red cedar and yellow pine. Plywood siding can be placed horizontally or vertically and can add support to a home’s structure.
Weatherboard or clapboard usually comprised of overlapping boards installed in a horizontal position are another option. Redwood and cedar are often used for this siding due to their being less prone to decay and strength.
As we can see, there are a variety of choices when it comes to wooden siding and this has just been some of them.
Dave Graham, Tempest Home Inspection. Calgary Alberta