Discover the benefits of wood siding for your home
Some of our favorite projects at JTI involve wood siding installation. Wood exteriors add durable, high-quality finish to any architectural style. If you want to give your home an authentic, timeless look then wood siding may be the right choice.
Wood Siding Types
While some unusual types of siding, like reclaimed wood, can be used for your home’s exterior, in general there are five main wood options. Each differs in cost, upkeep, grain, and appearance.
PINE Pine siding is generally less expensive than other types. It is also more difficult to find long lengths of pine wood siding that are knot free. Pine is often stained or painted and is not rot-resistant, so it must be vigilantly maintained.
SPRUCE Spruce and pine siding can often be used interchangeably. Like pine, spruce is also trickier to find in long lengths that are knot free. Spruce siding can be painted or stained but must be regularly sealed to guard against rot.
FIR Available in a range of profiles, fir is generally a more affordable option and can be painted or stained. It is a softwood, so upkeep is important.
CEDAR With beautiful grain and rot-resistance, cedar is a more expensive option that has fewer splitting and swelling issues than softwoods. It’s a favorite for homeowners who wish to have a stained finish, but cedar must be regularly maintained to preserve its natural resistance to insects.
REDWOOD Like cedar, redwood is less prone to shrinking and warping and is easily painted or stained. It is sometimes less readily available outside of the West Coast.