For those who desire a rustic or back-to-nature appearance for their home or cabin, vertical wood siding is a classic choice. Available in a number of different shades and types, vertical wood siding is relatively inexpensive to install and/or replace and is highly eco-friendly.
One of the more affordable types of vertical siding is plywood siding. Plywood siding is produced by pressing and gluing several veneers together into one large board. These boards are made quite attractive by incorporating grooves and arcs. Plywood siding appearance can range from old-fashioned to modern and are great for those on a budget. Depending on the thickness of the plywood chosen, professionally installed plywood will cost between 7,000 and 15,000 dollars for approximately 1350 sq. ft. of home.
Another type of wood siding many homeowners choose to install is plank. Plank siding comes in a variety of colors and staining options, giving a home a beautifully classic look. These boards are installed side by side and give a streamlined and sleek appearance to the home.Â Plank siding features both channel groove and groove and tongue for variety and added texture.
Tips for Care
For those who are considering installing wood siding, it is important to know that while the cost is reasonable and repair is relatively simple, in order to keep wood siding looking at its best, a considerable amount of care and maintenance are required.Â Because the exterior of a home is subject to harsh weather conditions, it is essential that wood siding receives regular treatment to prevent wood decay.
In addition, wood siding runs a high risk of damage by termites and vermin; therefore, it is imperative to maintain proper staining and treatment of wood to reduce the risk of decay or infestation. Wood siding is conducive to both painting and staining, though staining tends to require less maintenance.
Wood exteriors are most ideal in climates that are cool and dry. Overly hot and moist areas tend to encourage growth of mold and mildew as well as cause problems with paint. If a wood home is located in a high humidity area, it is best to choose a non-oil based water repellant stain, as oils tend to proliferate in mold and mildew.
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