Wood provides a classic look while giving your house a timeless appeal. With the natural raw features of the wood changing with the wear and tear of time, wood can naturally weather and age gracefully over time. Wood siding is available in a variety of shapes and sizes. T&G is a popular profile for wood siding. Once installed in rows either laid horizontally or vertically with the tongue being inserted into the bottom groove they become extremely weather-tight. When made from thermally modified wood or charred wood they are not as easily susceptible to rot due to the process the wood material is put through.
Too maintain the natural beauty of your wood siding it will require ongoing maintenance. Before you decide to purchase your wood siding do your research on what species of wood your siding is made from and the natural attributes the different species provide for longevity. Some woods will require less maintenance than others. Things to think about are graying, rot resistance, splitting, checking or cupping. Thermally modified wood is put through a heat process which alters the internal cell structure of the wood which can make it an excellent choice for harsh winters that contain ice, snow and frequent temperature swings. Moisture is extremely damaging to your home’s framework, and fixing it can be very expensive. With the right installation methods and proper steps taken to ensure utmost protection, wood siding is a great option for Canadian homeowners, and one that will last the test of time.
The cost of wood siding will also depend on the quality and type of wood that you want. There are many wood species to pick from. It is also good to note that the cost will also vary from one year to another and by location. If you are considering thermally modified or charred wood species, the cost will range from $16.00 to $24.00 per sq. ft.