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While other siding products have grown in popularity, wood remains the most popular choice for many builders. In fact, even as alternative materials to wood are growing in popularity, many of those alternatives are designed to replicate the look of wood. Wood siding is popular because of its natural beauty and appearance. It also provides some insulation value, is easy to paint or stain, and is typically easy to install. Some consumers also appreciate the fact that wood is a renewable resource and many consider it to be the more environmentally friendly among common siding materials.
Wood siding is manufactured in a variety of styles such as clapboard, rectangular plank, shingles, and plywood. Clapboard siding consists of long pieces of wood installed horizontally with the pieces overlapping each other. Rectangular plank siding is similar to clapboard siding, except that the pieces are installed vertically. The joints between the planks are covered by pieces of wood known as batten to keep water from entering.
Shingles give a home a classic, rustic look. Shingles are generally installed in an overlapping manner. However, many builders choose to arrange the shingles in patterns. Plywood siding is composed of several layers of wood veneer glued together. It can be installed either horizontally or vertically, although horizontal installation seems to be the more popular of the two.
Many homeowners do not think of the siding on their home, until it needs repair or replacement. Replacing wood siding can be an extensive and expensive project and while smaller repairs and replacement may be done on a do-it yourself basis, larger projects should be done by a professional contractor. Get in touch with the pros at JOES SIDING to determine which type and style of siding will work best for your budget, specific needs and preferences, and the architectural style of your home.
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