Types Of Siding
There are numerous types of siding that are available in the market today. This article is going to mention a few of the types that are available from local vinyl siding companies.
Shakes and Shingles (Wood Sidings)
Shakes are machine- or hand-sawn from wooden blocks called bolts. Shakes are thicker than shingles and less uniform in appearance and thickness, but they do last longer.
Wood shingles are sawn for a smooth and consistent look and can be cut into an array of shapes to create visual interest. Both come from a variety of woods but most common are Western red cedar and redwood. Shakes and shingles are available with a fire-retardant treatment, which is a requirement in high-risk locations.
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. Shake and shingle siding require periodic maintenance including painting and caulking to prevent weather damage.
Board and Batten (Wood Siding)
Board-and-batten siding is an American classic that has been used since our nation’s early days. Board-and-batten, sometimes referred to as barn siding, is a vertical design created by using wide boards, such as cedar or pine, spaced with narrower strips, the battens, covering the places where the wide boards come together.
There is no standard board or batten widths or spacing, so feel free to innovate. It is possible to develop varying patterns, such as 1×3-inch battens and 1×10-inch boards alternated with 1×3-inch battens and 1×5-inch boards, to create further interest.
This siding can be installed directly over a flat surface, such as plywood, with a moisture barrier between layers. Wide boards are placed first, and then battens are used to cover the spaces between the boards.
Wood Siding That is engineered
Engineered wood siding is made with wood castoffs, such as sawdust, and bonding agents. It is a strong, lightweight product that is less expensive than real wood.
Engineered wood comes in an array of typical wood siding styles. It does need to be painted for weatherproofing purposes, but factory-applied finishes are available. The standard life expectancy, if installed properly and maintained, is about 20-30 years.
Engineered wood cuts, handles, and is applied like solid-wood siding, but you do not have the imperfections that often accompany and must be negotiated with in real wood.
Split Logs (Wood Siding)
Using split logs to side a home gives it a traditional mountain or forest feel. Log siding is typically made from cedar, cypress, redwood, or pine logs. The logs are dried and treated for longer a life span.
Log siding can be painted or stained but is generally used in its natural state with a clear-coat sealer. Log siding is expensive and requires more maintenance than most other types of siding. Regular treatment against insect infestation and the sealing of cracks in logs are musts to deter decay.
Installation and maintenance of log siding is not unlike other forms of wood siding, but it is challenging and should be done by a professional or a knowledgeable do-it-yourselfer.
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