Wood is a beautiful siding material and we highly recommend it often to our customers, but is it for everyone?
One of the most frequent questions we receive from our customers is “what advantages wood siding has over other options such as fiber cement or aluminum siding?” . In this article we examine from our perspective not only the advantages but the disadvantages too.
Wood is natural and sustainable
The production of wood in Canada is abundant, renewable and it is an ecological option.
Wood is easy to paint
This task does not require a professional painter and the application can be done easily by preparing the surface properly and applying the products recommended by the specialists.
Wood is easy to fix in case of minor damage or cracks.
For minor damage, you can use easy-to-apply products such as a coating repair putty. Now, in case of major damage, an entire section may have to be replaced. The important factor to consider is that you have identified the cause of the damage, regardless of its size.
Can be pricey
When we talk about disadvantages of the wood siding, this is undoubtedly point number 1, but this is relative depending on whether your objective is as wood is far more expensive than for example vinyl.
It will require more maintenance than other siding materials
Wood suffers damage when exposed to the sun and it is treated with paint or a protective varnish to withstand the damaging effects of the elements. Unfortunately, with the passage of time this protective layer will decay affecting its ability to protect the wood underneath. When wood is not properly protected, its natural colour can fade out and cracks can appear.
However, regardless of orientation and to keep the siding in its best shape, a coat of paint or protective varnish will be needed at least between 3-5years.
Another disadvantage of wood is its porosity and the ability to absorb moisture. This feature creates the ideal environment for mold and mildew to grow. We suggest that a professional inspect the coating every 2 years and identify occasional early damage.
Certain birds and insects are very fond of wood
Another drawback is that wood attracts insects and birds, for example, woodpeckers, hickory birds, wasps, bees, and flies and even spiders. If there are small grooves, insects can use them as a doorway. On certain occasions the damage may only be aesthetic and are easily repairable, but on other occasions it may be greater and cause structural problems. It is always advisable to inspect the coating and detect problems before they turn into a headache.