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Wood Siding

Typically vinyl and aluminum siding are both made to resemble wood and although manufactured to resemble real wood, it simply cannot equal the beauty and scent of real wood siding. Maintenance for real wood siding should be performed regularly and precautions taken to protect its natural beauty against insects, water damage and dry rot. Stains and paints help protect against damage to wood siding and reapplication should be performed as needed, to ensure the best protection. Paint should be reapplied every 5 to 10 years and stain every two to five years. Cracks, holes and other such damage should be repaired immediately and in some cases, damaged areas will need to be replaced. Regular inspections of your wood siding should be done to help avoid the progressive damage that can occur when left unnoticed. To avoid mold and rotting along the bottom edge of your structure, it should not be installed less than 6 to 8 inches above the ground and any build up along the siding should be moved away. With proper installation and maintenance, wood siding can last for years and years.

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There are many styles and designs to select from when choosing wood siding, below are listed a few. Clapboard siding consists of long boards installed horizontally and overlapped, most commonly made from Cedar or Redwood but is also available in other types of wood as well. Rectangular planking is similar to clapboard, but it is applied vertically. Shingles are made of Redwood, Cedar, or Cypress and are applied from the bottom up, so each layer overlaps the one below it. Shingles are prone to cracking, warping and fading. The fading creates a rustic look that many people enjoy. Shakes are hand-split and the size is not uniform. Like shingles, shakes are prone to cracking, warping, and fading.

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