Wood Siding / Cladding
Wood siding has fast become a luxury exterior wall cladding, as
price of timber and expensive maintenance costs make this siding
reduce in appeal.
Most Suited To:
|Classical house designs such as New England Cape,
Rancher or a Craftsman-style home.
|Can be expensive.
Wood is a permeable organic material, it absorbs and gives
off moisture. If not properly maintained, wood siding can
Common problems include bowed or expanded panels, shrinkage,
disintegration, fading and pest invasion.
Certain woods are attractive to certain bird, such as woodpeckers
which can cause damage, so check your local environment carefully
before selection. Should birds make holes in the wood they
must be filled or replaced.
| Use only top quality stain or paint to protect longer against
ultraviolet deterioration, mold and weathering. For more information
on siding care and maintenance go to www.cabotwoodcare.com.
|Wood siding is the most maintenance intense of all house siding
materials. It must be meticuloursly maintained against rot,
pests, moulds and premature aging, using paint or stain. Minimize
exposure to garden watering systems. Paint every 3 to 5 years.
Regular inspections of joints, nails and planks are also required
maintenance for wood siding.
Types - Cedar, cypress and redwood are
- Cedar is a soft wood with intricate grain.
It produces a natural insect repelling tannin, which can
cause spots, especially after rain storms for about 3 years.
- Redwood is similar to cedar except in
Color - limitless color palette using stain
and paint. Last up to 30 years with maintenance.
Cuts - Wood Siding can be cut perfectly
rectangular, tapered or with special milled cuts: V-Groove,
channel, rabbeted bevel, shiplap, and drop. Special milled
give appearance options as well as additional joint protection
from water infiltration.
|Can be installed in horizontally, vertically or diagonally,
as well as shakes and shingles.
Rectangular Planks are applied vertically with their ends butted
together for a smooth look. The vertical joints of the planks are
covered by long, narrow strips of wood called battens to help keep
out moisture. The battens help give a vertical "rise and fall"
look to the siding.
Clapboard is rectangular planking applied horizontally and overlapped.
A smoother appearance results if edges of the plank are beveled
Shingles - usually redwood, cedar or cypress. Shingles are smooth
sawn and of uniform size and shape.
Installation - Shingles are generally applied
in rows from the bottom up, with the next, higher row overlapping
the one below. The extent of overlap gives a variety of look or
texture. A single course of shingles means all shingles are exposed
to the weather. If a double course is used, only the top layer of
shingles is exposed. Shingles are prone to cupping [rolling toward
the center] and checking [cracking or splitting].
Shakes are a rough type of wooden shingle, usually redwood, cedar
or cypress. They are non-uniform in size and shape, giving a rustic
appearance. They can be either: handsplit, handsplit and sawn on
one side, or handsplit and sawn on both sides.
Installation - Shakes can be applied either in
a single or double course. Like shingles, shakes are prone to cupping
Wood Shakes and Shingle Considerations
Wooden shingles and shakes should not be installed close to the
ground where moisture might wick up behind them. If there is soil
build up around the bottom of the wood siding it should be removed.
Shakes and shingles fade unevenly over time, depending on degree
of shading. Shakes and shingles can be painted or stained to help
Depending on the climate, painting may have to be done every 3-5
years and staining may have to be done every 3 years.
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