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Wood Siding: A Visual Guide to Siding Options

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The natural beauty, durability, and track record of wood siding makes it a choice worth considering. Under normal conditions and with proper periodic maintenance, quality wood siding will last the life of the building.

Wood siding is a veneer or protective covering that is attached to the exterior of the house. The wood is held in place primarily by nails, screws, or in some cases construction adhesives.

Water does penetrate wood so it is important that a moisture barrier is installed between the siding and the structure. Wood siding will deteriorate if not properly maintained, particularly at joints, knot holes, or points of damage.

The required periodic maintenance includes painting or staining and caulking.

Cedar Shingle Siding

Cedar shingles have a smooth appearance, work well on walls with odd shapes, and are relatively easy to apply. Shingles offer wonderful flexibility, as they can be cut into different shapes to form patterns and intricate designs.

Shingles are cut from a variety of woods, most commonly Western red cedar and redwood. Shingles are available with a fire-retardant treatment, which is a requirement in locations considered high risk for fires.

They are installed over a solid surface, such as plywood, with a moisture barrier between the two, a finishing coat (paint or stain), and caulking on the outside.

Shingle siding requires periodic maintenance including painting or staining and caulking to prevent weather damage.

Cedar Shake Siding

Shakes are intended to be coarse in appearance with less uniformity in size, shape, and thickness than cedar shingles. Lasting longer than shingles, shakes come from a variety of woods but most commonly are made from Western red cedar and redwood.

Shakes are available with a fire-retardant treatment, which is a requirement in locations considered to be high risk for fires.

They are installed over a solid surface such as plywood with a moisture barrier between the two and a finishing coat (paint or stain) and caulking on the outside.

To prevent weather damage, shake siding requires periodic maintenance including painting or staining and caulking.

Board-and-Batten Siding

Board-and-batten siding is a vertical design made by applying wide boards spaced apart with narrower boards, called battens, covering the joins, or spaces between. There is no set board or batten width, as various sizes can be used to create looks suitable to a specific home. A possible combination is 2.10-inch boards and 1x3-inch battens.

The boards and battens are nailed in the middle of the face when installed in order to prevent splitting during expansion and contraction of the wood in the changing seasons.

This siding requires periodic maintenance including painting and caulking to prevent weather damage.

Tongue-and-Groove Siding

The versatility of tongue-and-groove siding allows for horizontal, vertical, and even diagonal installation, with each creating a distinct look.

Tongue-and-groove siding is manufactured with rough or smooth faces, in clear or knotty grades of wood, and can be found as either seasoned (dried in a kiln) or unseasoned boards. The variety of joints and surface textures available offer a wide array of shadow line effects that enhance the versatility of uses.

Source: www.bhg.com

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I have wood shingle siding and one side of the

--all cracked and the shingles are coming up and may be warped. They are painted and the paint is flaking. The shingles themselves are rather soft, and are lightly grooved horizontally. I don't see how you can scrape, repair and repaint. Am I correct that they need to be replaced? That would mean taking the molding off that part of the house - ughh.

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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  • Avatar fes1974 Home Siding?
    Jun 18, 2007 by fes1974 | Posted in Other - Home & Garden

    What kind should I go with, what has the longest life? Best pricing? In Eastern KY

    • We had cedar siding on our house..... we went with hardy plank.... looks better than the wood and is more durable.... we went to James Hardy website and got alot of info about it and the different styles ..... Just make sure you get a contractor that has installed and worked with it before you have it put on...