Wood Siding Guide: Cedar, Pine, Fir, and More

No synthetic siding can match the natural look of wood. Wood siding can do wonders to enhance the beauty and elegance of your home exterior, which is why it still remains a favorite siding material among many homeowners. While caring for wood is a high maintenance job, to those who have the time to care for it and love its natural beauty, wood siding is worth the investment.

Before deciding on a particular wood siding material, ask questions about rot resistance, splitting, checking, or cupping. A good rule of thumb is to buy the best grade of wood siding you can afford. Make sure to look for clear grains whenever possible, check that the wood acclimates on site, is properly sealed, and is thoroughly protected upon installation.


Wide variety of style choices

It is possible to install wood siding in a number of different ways. For example, you can interlock or overlap the siding, or install it horizontally or vertically. Consult with a professional installer to understand the advantages and disadvantages of each of these installation types. Another benefit of wood is that it can be stained or detail it in just about any color or pattern and can be cut into many different shapes and sizes.

The main types of wood siding are:

Clapboard: Long boards installed horizontally so that they overlap. Cedar and redwood are popular choices for clapboard since they are resistant to decay, but clapboard can be made of other woods as well.

Rectangular Planking: Similar to clapboard, but rectangular planking installed vertically and has a smooth look.

Plywood: Usually made of Yellow pine, Douglas fir, and Western red cedar, plywood can be applied either vertically or horizontally.

Shingles: Uniform in size because they are cut by a machine. Shingles are typically made of cypress, redwood, and cedar woods. They are applied from the bottom up so that each layer overlaps the one below it.

Shakes: Similar to shingles in application. The difference is that they are hand-split and vary in size.

Solid Wood: Can be applied vertically, horizontally, or diagonally.

Beauty and Value

No other siding can compare to the natural beauty of wood siding. Wood siding can also increase the resale value of a home.There are different species of wood that you can choose for your siding, some of which may be available locally where you live. If the wood that you want is not locally available you will need to order it, which may significantly prolong the time line of your project. Make sure to get the kind of wood that best fits the climate that you live in, as different types of woods have different looks and properties which may not necessarily be suitable for you home.


Pine has long been a standard for exterior siding. Pine is considered to be a soft woods, and like other related soft woods such as spruce and fir, it can be less expensive than other woods. It may be difficult to purchase knot-free pine in longer lengths, which can make a project more labor-intensive and costly. Pine holds a finish well, and is good material to use when painting or staining horizontal siding. You need to be careful not to purchase fast-growth pine for siding because it can be prone to cupping, splitting, and checking. Finally, pine is not a rot-resistant wood, so it is important to keep it sealed and well maintained.

Source: www.sidingcalculator.com

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  • Avatar Kevin7 What are the cedars of Lebanon?
    Jan 10, 2011 by Kevin7 | Posted in Other - Society & Culture
    • Cedrus libani (Lebanon Cedar or Cedar of Lebanon), is a species of cedar native to the mountains of the Mediterranean region, in Lebanon, western Syria and south central Turkey.

      The Lebanon Cedar is an eve …at Reserves in the Akkar district, and the Forest of the Cedars of God near Bcharri. Extensive replanting is taking place in Turkey, where approximately 300 square kilometres (74,000 acres) of cedar are planted annually.

  • Avatar Lena College Algebra question?
    Jun 07, 2013 by Lena | Posted in Mathematics

    Someone has $306 to spend on a fence for her rectangular garden. She wants to use cedar fencing which costs $14/meter on one side, and cheaper metal fencing which costs $3/meter for the other three sides.

    Wh … cedar side = ____ meter
    width for other side = ____ meter

    What is the largest area that can be enclosed? area = _____ meter squared

    If necessary, round your answers to two decimal places.

    • Since 306=14x+3*(2y+x) this implies y=(306-17x)/6. Then your area function is A(x)=xy. So plug y into the area function to get A(x)=x(306-17x)/6. This implies A(x)=(306x)/6-(17x^2)/6. Take the derivative you get A'(x)=30 …/6 and you get y=25.5. This makes sense because y fencing has the cheapest fencing while one x side has the expensive fencing. This gives you an area of 153 m^2. Sorry I didn't know how to do this without using calculus.

  • Avatar Mike 7 1/2" x 12' cedar siding measurements?
    Oct 21, 2011 by Mike | Posted in Decorating & Remodeling

    How to get square foot measurements

    • One way would be to convert 7 1/2 inches to a fraction of a foot then multiply it by the 12' length.

      7.5 divided by 12 inches in a foot = 0.625 feet


      0.625 feet times a 12' board … (usually 1") off the width of the board for the calculation so 6.5 sq ft is your answer.

      This answer assumes that you know how to convert 1/2" into the decimal .5 because that is another question.

  • Avatar LaLa! How much does a truck load of cedar cost and how much is it worth?
    Nov 11, 2009 by LaLa! | Posted in Other - Business & Finance

    A semi-hauling trailer holding entire trees, not logs.

    • Well there are trucks and then there are TRUCKS, so, a small pickup truck or a semi hauling a trailer ?

      There is cedar and then there is cedar. There is cedar wood without the smell (think fencing cedar), …dar in Missouri and it filled my brother in laws standard pickup truck about a 1/3 full. 1.30 a board foot.

      In Orange, CA, I see the same wood for 3-5 dollars a board foot !

      Hope this helps.

  • Avatar vampire Cracked wood shingle siding?
    Jul 31, 2008 by vampire | Posted in Maintenance & Repairs

    Can cedar grooved wood shingle siding be caulked or use wood putty to repair the cracks. Several were cracked during a installtion of spray insulation. We would rather fix then replace.

    • With vertical cracks in cedar shingles, you can simply repair these with flat tin shingles. You can purchase these at a local roofing supply house or Home Depot, Lowes,Etc, Etc. Just cut to appropriate size (if necessary … staple or nail each side of the split (5/8" to 1"up and 1" over) to prevent(gap) it from widening over time. There are was of replacing these damaged shingles, but it requires some expierience. Good luck.