Wood Siding

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

wood siding typesWhile 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.



Five myths about wood siding exteriors

Wood siding exteriors are more expensive than other exterior siding
NOT NECESSARILY. Wood siding is more expensive than vinyl or imitation siding (such as chipboard, fiber cement, etc.) but less expensive than masonry or steel. You also have to consider other factors such as the siding’s lifespan. Regular maintenance will extend the life of genuine siding, making it one of the most affordable materials over the long-term.

Genuine wood siding require frequent maintenance
FALSE. All siding requires maintenance. Wood siding exteriors needs basic maintenance on a regular, but not necessarily frequent basis to ensure it remains in good condition. Re-staining your siding will keep the wood healthy. It’s also a great opportunity to change the color if you’re looking for an easy and affordable update for your home—a major advantage over other siding products.

Wood siding exteriors have a limited lifespan and will eventually rot
FALSE. If exteriors are properly installed and maintained, there is no reason for them to deteriorate. JTI Siding goes to great lengths to ensure its genuine wood exteriors are properly seasoned and protected. Following our installation and maintenance recommendations will keep your wood healthy.

Installing wood siding exteriors is difficult
FALSE. Siding exteriors are easy to work with and do not require any special installation tools. JTI Siding has a long history of installing siding exteriors. Our dedicated installation team will gladly answer any questions you may have, either before or during installation.

There are no real benefits to choosing genuine wood siding over imitation siding
FALSE. Exteriors made of authentic, quality materials add style and value to your home. Because it can be easily maintained, real wood can last much longer than most materials. Additionally, wood exteriors complement many other types of materials, making it a great choice for virtually any architectural style.

Wood Siding Profiles

To achieve the desired look for your home, consider a wide selection of wood siding profiles.

SHINGLES These can be cut into a variety of patterns.

SHAKES A classic siding for many traditional homes, shakes have a varied appearance to boost visual interest.

BOARD AND BATTEN Sometimes used as an interior finish, board-and-batten is a vertical pattern that uses narrow boards to cover the seams between wide boards.

TONGUE AND GROOVE: Tongue and groove can be installed in any direction and is found in both traditional and contemporary houses.

DROP CHANNEL With drop channel siding, a shadow is created by overlapping each board with the adjoining board.

BEVEL Sometimes called clapboard or lap siding, bevel siding is created by re-sawing boards at an angle to produce two pieces that are thicker on one edge than the other.

SPLIT LOG This rustic-inspired wood siding is typically custom-made and gives the appearance of traditional log cabins.