Wood Siding for a Natural-Looking Exterior Wood Siding for a Natural-Looking Exterior
A wood siding exterior is popular for its natural-looking effect on the exterior of the house. There are a lot of wood siding options but the two popular varieties are Redwood and Cedar. These have naturally occurring preservatives which help the materials these last longer. Other options are spruce, pine and fir. Nothing beats these materials for a classic exterior siding appearance.
Application and Durability
Wood is generally available in various applications and style and can be applied with any color as you see it fit for your home. Among its exterior use is clapboard or lap sidings, board and batten (vertical technique in applying external board siding), as well as v-joint tongue and groove joint boards. Wood is also used for eave lining, fascias, and barge boards. Siding design also varies but since wood is a totally versatile material, you can use it even for a wavy edge bevel. With proper maintenance, wood can outdo – in terms of appearance – its quality vinyl counterpart even after 20 years. A natural renewable material, wood causes no harmful effects to the environment when it’s time to dispose of it. As a siding material, it also offers excellent insulating qualities. It still outdoes almost any synthetic material counterpart in both hot and cold weather conditions. This translates to savings in energy bills; a very good option for the current rise in energy cost.
Better Coating Options
As an exterior material, the primary consideration must be to keep it water repellent. For one thing, almost any paint can do the job. However, due to its exposure to the outside elements, the wood material either expands or contracts depending on the season. Hot weather causes wood to expand while cold weather contracts it. This physical change on your siding will affect the surface adhesion of your wood coating. This will make paint – a film type of material that sticks to wood surfaces – become flaky, brittle, and eventually detach itself from the wood surface. How soon this happens really depends on the type of paint material component being used. The best types are water-based urethane and acrylic resins which last longer compared to other types. When applying coats, it is best during a cloudy period since gradual curing of paint is better.
For new wood siding installations, you can also get the option of some companies to pre-prime or seal your ordered boards. This may require extra cost but on the other hand it saves time and effort during installation, aside from the assurance of protecting your siding from moving forward.
Cleaning and Repainting Requirements
Be careful in cleaning wood siding, especially with water. Ensure that this is thoroughly dry afterwards and take note of mold, mildew, or even pests that may feast on it. Properly plan the power cleaning at least once every year. It is better to apply a coating every 4 to 10 years depending on the climate of your home and the paint job quality that was applied to it.