Wood siding is popular for its natural beauty and appearance and it comes in a variety of forms. Wood is an authentic, quality material that is always in style. Because it can be easily maintained, it can last much longer than most materials. Wood also complements many other types of materials, making it a great choice for virtually any architectural style.
- Variety of styles, textures and finishes.
- Modern, traditional and contemporary design
- Fairly easy to repair
- Natural beauty
- Requires an exterior finish such as paint or stain
- Can be damaged by rot, insects, warping or splitting if not maintained
- Environmental friendly
- Flammable unless treated with flame-retardant
- Variety of colours to choose
- Painted finishes tend to require higher maintenance than any other siding product
- Wood siding is prone to paint problems if the home is not properly ventilated.
- Stained finishes usually require lower maintenance.
- Most of the time needs primed or pre-finished
Replacing wood siding can be an extensive and expensive. It is more expensive than vinyl, regular aluminum and cement siding.
Engineered wood siding is made from wood materials that are combined with glues to form boards and panels (similar to how plywood and oriented strand board are made). Their aim is to offer advantages like dimensional stability and strength but they also need to be protected from moisture to maintain their integrity.
Pros and Cons
- Relatively low cost
- Eco-friendly (made from recycled wood industry by-products)
- Bare surfaces susceptible to moisture damage if not painted/sealed
- Requires painting
- As an engineered product it requires greater diligence in maintenance to avoid moisture related deterioration