When building your home, even the smallest decision could make a huge difference in what it’ll ultimately look like. This is also true with an exterior redesign project. Siding, among other key characteristics, is one of those big decisions that could entirely change your home’s exterior appeal based on your decision.
Although plastic is becoming a popular option in recent years due to its pricing but traditional wood remains the preference for many homeowners. This is mainly because wood siding offers customers numerous benefits over their plastic counterparts.
- It lasts much longer
- Wood is eco-friendlier than plastic
- It’s more aesthetically appealing
- Many types of wood are natural resistant to mold, mildew, and rot, which allows the home owner less maintenance
One of the main benefits is that wood naturally needs paint, stains, and other decorative options incredibly well. Whereas plastic is often crafted in the color choice of the customer. Which means that the options are limited. Once you decided upon a type of wood, you can then choose any type of finish. Whether you want to paint your home in the colors of rainbow, or opt for a natural dark wood stain, anything is possible. Below we look at four of the most common types of siding available: board and batten, bevel, tongue and groove, and lap siding. Each of the sidings has their own aesthetic appeal so that there is something for every person’s unique tastes.
Board and Batten Siding
It is a vertical design that is created by using two different sized boards. The wider boards are set beneath, while the narrower boards are placed atop the joins. These narrower boards are called as the ‘battens.’ There are no standard set widths, so homeowners can choose their preference. Though the most commonly used measurements are 1 inch by 3 inch battens placed over 1 inch by 10 inch boards.
This is the most commonly used by homeowners. Installed horizontally, boards are then cut at an angle so that one side is thicker than the others. This creates a shingle effect, or the appearance that the boards are overlapping one another.
Tongue and Groove Siding
It is incredibly versatile. Available in both rough and smooth board finishes, it is fitted together tightly to give a very sleek appearance. It can be installed in any direction, which does not only include horizontal and vertical, but also in diagonal.
It is also commonly known as Channel siding. This is very versatile, with installation capabilities for different directions (like the above tongue and groove). This unique siding features boards which partially overlap one another, and the ultimate results are a rustic appearance like to those of a hunting cabin.
If you’re interested in learning even more about wood siding -including less commonly used types available – you can contact your local siding specialist or construction expert. They will be able to give you more detailed information, including a price estimate for your area.