Home Depot Wood Siding
Wood is one of the oldest siding materials, and is still a popular choice among homeowners today. Wood siding is known for its rich quality and its versatility. Not only can you use wood on nearly any home, but you can also paint or stain if virtually any color you desire. With so many types of wood available, it may be hard to know which is right for your home. We advise you to skip Home Depot’s wood siding and turn to P.J. Fitzpatrick. We have a wide variety available, including:
Cedar wood is the most popular type of wood used for siding. Red cedar is often the premier choice because of its durability and natural resistance to rot, but white cedar is also a favorite. Both types of cedar weather to a darker color, but white cedar is often used as siding for coastal homes because it weathers to a unique shade of silver.
Spruce wood is second only to cedar as the most used wood for home siding. It’s one of the most available siding types, so it’s also one of the most affordable. Spruce is known for its strength and can be used for many different applications. Because it’s a soft wood, spruce needs to be sealed on a regular basis to guard against rot.
Redwood wood is famous for its rich look and texture and can hold up in nearly any climate. It absorbs stains easily and because it resists shrinking, it holds up well in environments that experience both moisture and heat. Because it’s grown on the West Coast, however, it may be harder to find for homeowners in the east.
Pine wood is in the same family as spruce, so it’s also an affordable siding option. Because pine holds a finish well, it’s a good option for horizontal siding, however, it also needs to be sealed on a regular basis to prevent rot. At P.J. Fitzpatrick, we advise staying away from Home Depot wood siding if it’s fast-growth pine. Fast-growth pine is prone to cupping and splitting. Instead, go with old growth pine.
Fir is a popular type of siding because it is widely available, easy to install, and affordable. It also holds up well in many environments and takes a finish well but is another soft wood, so it needs to be properly taken care of to prevent rot.
Wood siding is typically categorized as one of two grades – “clear” or “knotty.” Clear grades of wood have smooth appearances and show few imperfections, while knotty grades of wood show more of the wood’s grain and natural, rough texture. Knotty grade is often used to make a home look more rustic.