What are the benefits of real wood siding?

Get some information to help you decide whether real wood siding is the right choice for you.

There's a reason that most types of siding materials on the market today try to mimic the look of real wood - it's classic and beautiful. If you're looking at your siding options, maybe you should forget the imitations and go with the real thing. Let's see how real wood siding stacks up against its competitors .


While the timeless beauty of wood siding is undeniable, it has other benefits in addition to its allure. One of the biggest advantages of wood siding is that it is available in a wide range of woods, styles, and colors.

Clapboard: Long boards installed horizontally so that they overlap. Cedar and redwood are popular choices, as they are resistant to decay, but clapboard can be made of other woods as well.

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Rectangular Planking: Similar to clapboard, but it doesn't overlap.

Rectangular planking is popular in modern home design

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Drop siding: Drop siding is jointed horizontal siding, and can come in a wide variety of finishes. 

Vertical planks: Vertical planks are popular in Gothic revival architecture. 

Shingles: Cut by machine, shingles are uniform in size. Typically made of cypress, redwood, and cedar woods, shingles are applied from the bottom up so that each layer overlaps the one below it.

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Shakes: Applied like shingles, but they are hand-split and vary in size.

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Wooden sheet siding: Solid wood applied vertically, horizontally, or diagonally.  Cheaper wood, like plywood is frequently used to immitate shiplap siding.  

Additionally, wood is a natural insulator that keeps out the cold and keeps in the warm, which will help lower utility bills. I's also a biodegradable and renewable resource.


One of the major drawbacks is that wood siding requires regular maintenance. If properly cared for, real wood siding can last for the life of the home, but it must be repainted or resealed every few years. If neglected, it will crack, split, and warp, and if it's painted, it will peel.

If you're considering real wood siding, be realistic about maintenance. If you can't spend the time to take care of it or don't want to hire someone to perform routine maintenance, it may not be the best choice for you.

Another downside of wood is that it is more susceptible to insect infestation and termites. Some types of wood are more insect resistant, and wood can be treated with preservatives to ward off unwanted wood chewers.

Climate will play a factor in your decision as well. Wood may grow mold in warm, humid climates. It is also less fire resistant than other types of siding, so it may not be the best choice if you live in a dry climate prone to fires.

To find out if real wood siding is the best choice for your home, contact a professional. He or she will be able to provide additional information about your siding options and discuss the best solution for your home.

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