Although wood siding isn’t as common as it used to be, some Colorado Springs homeowners still prefer its look over other siding options like vinyl, or fiber cement. That is okay because new manufacturing processes have made wood siding more durable, allowing it to better withstand the test of time. However, if this is something that you are considering for the exterior of your home, there are some things you need to know before you make your decision.
Wood Siding Basics
Wood siding will last you anywhere from 30 to 50 years (or more), depending on how well it is maintained. Also, if you’re worried about insects, cedar and redwood are natural insect repellents, but any wood-sided home that is properly sealed typically offers decent pest prevention benefits.
The cost of wood siding depends largely on where your home is and how far the wood has to be transported in. For example, redwoods are grown in the West, making them more cost-effective for residents in that area of the U.S., whereas firs are indigenous to the East, making those an affordable option if you live there instead.
Types of Wood Siding
You have five major choices when it comes to wood siding:
This is the most common wood siding option, and it is less expensive than cedar and redwood. It retains its finish longer, so long as you keep it maintained, which is especially important because it not resistant to rot.
Cedar is a wood siding option that is more resistant to rot, and it has a beautiful grain. It doesn’t split and tends to be straight, also retaining its finish. It is superior to pine in that it doesn’t hold as much moisture or attract as many insects, that is, as long as it is properly protected.
Redwood siding works well in a variety of climates and isn’t prone to warping or shrinking. It also holds a finish well, making it a little more maintenance-free than other options. Additionally, it is relatively insect resistant.
Fir siding is fairly reasonable in price, like pine, and it is simple to install as well.
Like the other wood species, it takes a finish easily, and it can come in a variety of patterns such as tongue-and-groove and board-and-batten.
The final wood siding option is spruce, and it is more affordable like fir and pine. It is also not rot resistant, so it needs regular maintenance to get the longest life out of it possible.
Wood Siding Pros and Cons
A major pro of wood siding is that it is absolutely gorgeous in a rustic sort of way. Its natural patterns make it very unique, letting your home stand out from the rest. Not only that, but it smells good too, especially if you like woodsy scents.
One negative of wood siding is that it requires more maintenance than other siding options.
Although most species look great thanks to the way they hold the stain and protective sealant, you are likely going to have to tend to it every 3 to 4 years to keep it looking great. It also isn’t as fireproof as other siding options, which is another factor to consider.
If you’re interested in wood siding for your home, contact the Home Improvement Specialists at Seamless Choice Siding at (719) 445-7888 to schedule your free consultation and estimate. We employ only the most skilled and knowledgeable staff and we have workmanship that simply cannot be beat. Call us today and find out how we can help you make your wood home complete!