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Wood siding is one of the many options that homeowners have when they are building or remodeling their homes. However, there are also several types of wood siding from which choose, and they all have advantages and disadvantages. If homeowners are still unable to decide which option best fits their needs, they can ask Silver Spring roofing experts for advice.

Natural wood siding is available in several forms: clapboard or bevel, shingle or shake, and board and batten. Clapboard or bevel siding is one of the most traditional forms and is most often made from cedar, cypress, pine, Douglas fir, redwood and spruce. Professionals install it horizontally with the top piece overlapping the one below it. Shingle and shake siding is either hand cut or machine cut from blocks of wood, most commonly redwood and Western red cedar. It's also installed horizontally. Board and batten siding is usually made from pine or cedar. The boards are installed vertically with space in between for the narrower strips of battens, making homes look bigger than they actually are.

These wood siding options give homes a natural appearance that can blend in with wooded surroundings, and there are many textures, styles and finishes from which to choose. It is also rather easy to repair damage and is an eco friendly siding type.

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However, it requires a flame retardant and either a paint or a stain finish. Stain is a better option than paint because it doesn't peel as quickly, but wood siding still has to be stained regularly. Natural wood siding is also more susceptible to splitting, warping, rotting and insect infestation than other siding types.

Another type of wood siding is engineered or composite, which is made with a combination of wood materials and glues to form panels and boards. The wood materials are usually castoffs such as sawdust, making it an eco friendly option. Some examples of this type of wood are oriented strand board and veneered plywood.

Engineered siding is inexpensive and easy to install, and the panels can be made to look like traditional clapboards or other wood styles, although it doesn't look exactly like natural wood because of its uniformity. The purpose of engineered wood is to provide the same dimensional strength and stability as natural wood without the need to protect its integrity from moisture. It also doesn't need to be painted or stained to protect it from weather, but finishes are available. The downside is that regular maintenance is still needed, although it's less work than natural wood siding.

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