Exterior Wood Siding
Though so much has been made of late of our planet’s diminishing natural resources, there still are some environmentally conscious consumer choices available – choices that don’t conflict with nature. A prime example of this in the construction and building industry is illustrated by the use of exterior wood siding. With a keen awareness of, and respect for, the delicate balance of consumption and natural resource availability, siding manufactures have shifted to a predominate use of cedar in most exterior wood siding products.
As cedar can be plentifully grown and controlled, wood siding for the exterior of any home can be produced en masse without having to grapple with issues like clear cutting and deforestation. Because of advances in the use of wood underscored by this responsible approach, home owners can continue to install wood siding so that they can show off the natural grains that really dress up the exterior.
Unlike some of the imitation materials, wood siding offers a wider array of styles and designs for the home exterior. If you want to incorporate a truly rustic look on your house, you might be attracted by log wood siding. Show off the rough hewn knotty attributes of this exterior siding product and provide extra insulation for your home in the process.
You can also consider other exterior wood siding solutions from a long list of possibilities. Go with a lap siding if the architectural style of your home or neighborhood calls out for that. Another rustic wood siding choice that conjures up images of the construction methods of the early settlers is board and batten exterior wood siding.
Many of the alternative siding products like aluminum, vinyl, fiber cement and the like have done their best to incorporate the look, feel and color of wood into their offerings. And, though they have done wonders with their respective materials, they still can’t approach the variety and authenticity of real wood. With wood, you have the flexibility of sealing to protect your home while displaying all its captivating characteristics. Furthermore, you can paint without restriction to color choices, unlike the color restrictions with some of the alternative products.
All the siding styles are open to you as well. In addition to the aforementioned, you can count styles like beveled, tongue and groove, shake and so many more. There is no mistaking the natural beauty of any and all of these exterior wood siding types. You decide on what style fits your design tastes and architectural preferences and choose accordingly.
Again, all of this is not to say that the other materials don’t have their merits – they certainly do – but if your exterior siding goal is to achieve the most natural and realistic look, then you need look no further than wood.