The Disadvantages of Wood Siding

Posted on January 9, 2019 in Siding

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Many homeowners choose wood siding because it offers a classic, rustic look for any home. However, wood can come with a variety of disadvantages. That’s why many siding manufacturers have begun creating vinyl siding that mimics the look of real wood. Here’s what you’ll avoid by choosing wood-like vinyl siding instead:


Wood siding is beautiful, but it can also be a home or a food source for insects like termites, ants, wasps, and more. In addition, if it’s not properly maintained, wood can crack, warp, or rot due to water damage. Once this happens, its protection is compromised and it can leave your home open to water and moisture infiltration.


Many homeowners choose to paint or stain their wood siding to get the look they want. However, this increases the need for maintenance. Over time, wind, moisture, and sun can fade or peel away the paint or stain and you’ll need to apply fresh coats regularly to make sure it looks its best. In addition, you’ll need to apply a layer of protection regularly to prevent an insect presence. These maintenance necessities can be both timely and costly.


Because wood is susceptible to termites, rot, and other damages, its lifespan is shorter than other siding materials. For example: vinyl siding protects against all of these dangers and can last three times as long as wood siding. In addition, quality wood also comes with a higher price tag, so even if you’re willing to make the investment, you still may have to replace it before you expect to.

Fire Hazards

We all know that wood burns easily. While some manufacturers offer fire-resistant treatments for their siding, the fact still is that wood is more at risk of a fire than other materials. If you want the best fire protection for your home, this type of siding may not be the best choice.

Vinyl Siding Pros

Instead of wood siding, we urge you to consider vinyl siding from P.J. Fitzpatrick. We carry the best vinyl siding in the industry that can transform your home and add to its curb appeal. Vinyl is low-maintenance, long-lasting, and comes in a wide variety of colors to fit your style. And because it’s resistant to fire, water, and insects, you’ll enjoy quality protection for your home. To learn more about our vinyl siding, contact us today.

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