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Various Types of Wood Siding for Homes

Are thinking about siding for your home?  When deciding what types and styles of house siding to select, you should consider wood.  It has a natural beauty and it’s very durable.  Quality wood siding can last the life of your house, if you maintain it regularly.  It will deteriorate if it’s not maintained property especially at joints, knot holes, and points of damage.  The types of wood siding available are:  bevel, shakes and shingles, engineered wood, board and batten, and split logs.


Bevel is also known as clapboard or lap and it’s made from pine, spruce, cypress, Douglas fir, cedar, or redwood.  It is installed horizontally with the upper piece overlapping the lower. It is one of the older forms of siding used on homes today.  It’s made by re-sawing a board at an angle to create two pieces that are thicker on one edge than the on the other edge.

Shakes and Shingles

Shakes come from wooden block and are hand or machine-sawed.  They are thicker than shingles and last longer.  Wood shingles have a more consistent look and can be cut into various shapes.  Both come from a variety of wood but the most common are Western red cedar and redwood.

Engineered Wood

Engineered wood siding is made with sawdust and bonding agents.  It’s stronger and less expensive than real wood.   It comes in various styles.

Board and Batten

Board and batten is considered an American classic.  It is also referred to as barn siding.  It has a vertical design and is created by using wide boards spaced with narrower strips.  The battens cover the space where the wide boards come together.  Cedar and pine are used in this siding.

Split Logs

Log siding will give your home a mountain or forest look and feel.  Log siding is made from cedar, cypress, redwood, or pine logs.  It can be painted or stained.  However, it’s typically used in its natural color and sealed with a clear coat.   It’s very expensive and requires more maintenance than other types of siding.  You have to treat for insects regularly and constantly seal cracks to prevent decay.

Wood siding has a natural beauty and is very durable.  It can last the life of your home if properly maintained.  If not cared for properly, it will decay.  The types of wood siding available are:  bevel, shakes and shingles, engineered wood, board and batten, and split logs.

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