Depending on what style your house is, you may want to go with wooden siding for the outside of your house. Wooden siding is often found on Cape Cod style homes as well as cottage style buildings. Even if you don't have one of those styles for your home, you may still want the look of wooden siding.
Types of Wooden Siding
There are different kinds of wooden siding that you can choose to have on your house.
Clapboards are long pieces of wood that are thin. They are placed horizontally on the sides of your house. They are are overlapped and staggered. You don't want to have all the seams meet in same place. That would lead to weakness in the siding and give water places to get in. Overlapping them and staggering where they meet eliminates that problem. Clapboards can be made from cedar or redwood.
Shakes are basically wooden shingles that are placed on the walls instead of the roof. They generally come in different widths, which makes it easy for them to be staggered on the wall. As with clapboards or shingles, you don't want a straight vertical line of where all the shakes meet to run down your wall. Shakes can also be made of cedar or redwood.
Benefits of Wooden Siding
One benefit of using wooden siding is that it can last for a long time. If it is taken care of properly, it can last for decades.
The siding is also very attractive. If you choose to go with cedar, you can have it stained, or you can leave it natural and let it weather. Weathered cedar turns a lovely silvery-gray color. Not only is it attractive, but it can make your home look like it's been in its location for decades, even if it has only been there a couple of years.
If you choose to use cedar or redwood for your siding, it has natural insect resistance. That means that you have a much lower risk of things like termites.
Drawbacks to Wooden Siding
There are a couple of drawbacks. One of them is that wooden siding can make your home a higher fire risk. If you live in an area with a lot of wildfires, that is something you are going to have to consider.
If you're thinking of replacing your siding, consider wood for your next siding installation.