Cornerstone Exteriors >> Are There Different Types of Wood Siding?

wood shake sidingBelieve it or not, once you decide on wood siding over vinyl, aluminum, fiber cement or various other choices, you still have a few more choices to make. One of the largest choices is the type of wood siding you would like on your home. There are several choices, each with their own benefits as well as look, which is why it is important to know the difference so you can pick the siding that is right for you.

Vertical Wood Siding Choices

Plank – This siding is installed vertically. Each board is installed right up to the board next to it without overlapping. This is a good choice for homeowners that like a fluid, flat look to the exterior of their home. Plank wood siding can also be installed in a tongue and groove pattern as well as channel groove style for a little more texture and style to your home.

Shingles – Similar to the shingles on your roof, wood shingles offer a textured look to the exterior sides of your home. Installed vertically, the wood shingles overlap each other for a textured look. An alternative to wood shingles is wood shakes which are basically the same but they are a bit thicker than shingles and offer more texture and aesthetic appeal.

Horizontal Wood Siding Choices

Clapboard – One of the more common types of wood siding, clapboard is installed horizontally, which each board overlapping the other to give it a rustic look that is similar to that you would see on a farm. Clapboard is a great way to give your modern home a rustic, historical look.

Bevel – This type of siding is also installed horizontally. The difference in bevel siding is that both sides of the wood have different thicknesses. This type of siding is popular because of its ability to shed water, preserving the beauty of your wood siding for a longer period of time.

Horizontal or Vertical

Plywood – Plywood siding is wood veneers that are glued together. This cost efficient choice for wood siding is typically installed vertically for a very uniform, attractive look, but can be installed horizontally as well if you prefer that look for your home.


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There are dog doors made specifically for wall installations. They come with a sleeve to span the width of most all residential walls. (Most need to be cut to fit and can be done with simple tin-snips)
They have two flaps as opposed to the usual one, for door installed units.
For the typical residential wall that consists of Sheetrock, insulation, OSB board and siding planks (whether they be wood, vinyl, hardiplank or Masonite matters little.) it is a relatively easy install for someone who is mechanically inclined and has carpentry experience.
As for taking one out and "repairing" the hole in the event of a resale, it is a little more involved, but not bad

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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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  • Avatar outbackprophet What router bit would you need to make horizontal wooden siding?
    Apr 23, 2007 by outbackprophet | Posted in Do It Yourself (DIY)
    • You would be better-off getting a shaper with the head shapes that were recommended. Even with a router table it is hard to control the passage of the wood past the router cutters. The shaper makes it easy and keeps you from ruining a long piece of wood.

  • Avatar User 00101 Must a house have all the same kind of window blinds? Or some vertical, some horizontal?
    Aug 16, 2012 by User 00101 | Posted in Decorating & Remodeling

    I'm thinking of having window blinds installed, the aluminum ones, horizontal, thin. Because some windows slide open, I was thinking of having wide, vertical ones for those windows. To prevent a big mismatch, I was thinking of having all the 1st floor south side with vertical (those rooms don't have other windows) and all other rooms horizontal.

    Is this idea a bad idea?

    Are aluminum blinds out of style?

    • I tend to like to makes sure there is a continuity to the front of the house for curb appeal. At the end of the day you can do what ever you like. As a whole aluminum and verticals are out of style, but if you have a mod …n't beat a 2" faux or real wood blind when it comes to style function and affordability. Most folks will put a vertical blind on sliders and such because they are the most affordable. Good luck!