5 Reasons To Pick Good Old Fashioned Wood Siding

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Most homeowners are excited to always upgrade to the newest and fanciest materials, but sometimes going back to a simpler design is better. Wood siding may sound a little old-fashioned in this era of synthetic wood and composite vinyl products. However, this siding has stood the test of time and provides these five benefits to the homeowner that chooses it.

Extra Insulation

The density and thickness of the siding you choose determines its insulation power. Wood siding is particularly good at giving your home an extra layer of protection against temperature fluctuations. While thin sheets of cladding are naturally less insulating than rough cut shake shingles or thick cedar boards, all types of wood siding offer some amount of insulation on the exterior walls.

Pre-cut wood shingles offer the highest base insulation value of all the common siding materials. While you can get a higher R-value on the exterior by choosing a product filled with insulating foam, those vinyl and metal siding products cost a lot more than basic wood and may not last as long either.

Quick Installation

Are you hoping to get your home renovated as quickly as possible to get it on the market or prepare for a visit from family members? Wood siding is relatively lightweight, comes in smaller sections, and attaches quickly with either nails or screws. Experienced siding installers can cover your home in a completely new set of shingles or clapboards in just a few days. Even the light bits of trim for the windows and corners go up quickly with little fuss.

There are also fewer interruptions on the wood siding installation job site. A tarp is enough to keep the siding dry if a rainstorm rolls in, and heat or direct sun won't cause the material to crack or warp. This is a common problem when trying to get vinyl siding installed during a summer heat wave.

Cost Control

When you're on a budget but really need to install new siding to protect the structure of your house, wood is an affordable option. You'll save money on

  • Maintenance, since you can apply paint and stain as needed yourself
  • Material costs, since many wood siding products are only roughly finished and relatively inexpensive to produce
  • Labor for professional installation, since the siding goes up quickly and easily with no specialized tools needed for cutting and fastening.

You can always add an inexpensive layer of plywood or clapboard now and switch to something else later without spending too much to keep the wall dry and covered.

Easy Repairs

Don't forget to consider the costs and difficulty of repairs, since it only takes one hail storm or stray baseball to leave your siding dented and cracked. Unlike synthetic wood products for which you must remove a long section to patch the damage, you can cut a single shingle or board loose to replace it. This means you can do your own repairs, especially on the first floor, and buy just a couple of siding duplicates at a time for making quick repairs.

Resale Value

Finally, consult with an appraiser or inspector to figure out if your property's value will rise if you install quality wood siding. Historic homes often rise dramatically in value once clad with an appropriate material used during the time the structure was built. If the siding is made from rot-resistant woods like cedar and redwood, you're likely to see an immediate rise in value.

Sometimes taking a step back in time is the best way to give a modern home a new look. With all the paint and stain options available, you can make the wood siding look as traditional or contemporary as you like. You can go to websites that present siding services to learn more about the benefits of wood siding.

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