Wood Siding for Your Dream Home Advice

When it comes to choosing the material for the exterior of your home, it should come as no surprise that wood siding is a popular choice. Although it may be a bit more expensive than the vinyl siding alternative, with that you get an attractive look that tends to weather storms better and longer. Not only that but homes which use wood for siding often have an easier time of reselling their home as opposed to vinyl siding homes.

Wood Siding

Some of the cost depends on the type of siding you choose. Not to mention the longevity of your siding will vary depending on the material you choose. The good news is that wood siding also tends to be a better insulator than other materials which can mean added savings on your utility bills. Of course like anything else related to your home, the better you treat it the longer life you will get out of it. On that note, you might also like to know that siding made of wood can last up to 30 years, with proper care and maintenance.

Other Things to Be Aware of

It may seem strange since wood comes from trees which need water to grow and survive, but the number one damaging element to wood siding is moisture. For that reason, more and more builders and homeowners are making the choice to use one of the types of wood siding options in which the wood is actually treated before it even leaves the factory. Instead of waiting until the board are in place on the side of your home to be treated, you can have these pieces of siding protected already on all six sides.

Here are some other things you should know about when it comes to considering this material for the exterior of your home:

  • Cedar siding is one of the most popular options available. Cedar can also be the most susceptible to moisture damage. It is very important to make inspecting the flashing and caulking of your cedar siding, part of your regular maintenance. Also, make sure for any type of siding woods that your attic has proper working ventilation to help reduce the risk of related issues. Good circulation is part of working ventilation.

Source: www.woodsidingprices.com

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  • Makes 2.5 gallons; Can be used with pressure washer; Cleans about 500 sq ft
  • Will not harm/discolor shingles. Restores natural color to pine, cedar, redwood, cypress and birch
  • For use on decks, siding, fencing, docks, cedar and asphalt roofs, gazebos, brick and concrete
  • It is a water-base product, containing no bleach. It will not harm shingles or bleach wood. No scrubbing needed
  • Makes 2.5 gallons; Can be used with pressure washer; Cleans about 500 sq ft.

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Anyone have luck with attracting bats?

My neighbors are replacing their siding, and had a bat colony under their exterior window shutters. I just put up a wooden bat house I bought at a wild bird store. I have a single story, with A frame, and placed the bat house on the west side about 20' from the ground. I only have west and east exposures that would be suitable for placing it.
I am really hoping the bats will take up residence there, since their home was destroyed! I went to get some guano from the neighbor, but too late, he has hualed his shingles away. I have heard that while not proven, bat guano might attract them to colonize the bat house

Ogdensburg home rehabilitation program gears up for phase two, on schedule  — WatertownDailyTimes.com
Some homes will receive extensive and visible rehabilitation, including the installation of vinyl siding, roofing and windows. Other homes won't have an obvious exterior update but will have new furnaces or flooring put in.

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