Wood Siding Pros and Cons

Wood siding is a popular choice for homeowners because of its natural beauty and durability. However, there are also some disadvantages to using wood siding for your home. One of the biggest drawbacks is its susceptibility to moisture damage. Wood siding also requires regular maintenance to protect it from the elements. So with that in mind, is it the right option for your home?

Today we will break down the pros and cons of wood siding, including the benefits of painting it. 

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WOODING SIDING PROS AND CONS

Painters working on a house with wood siding.

PROS OF WOOD SIDING

Wood siding can last for decades if properly maintained, and it provides solid insulation for the home interior. It’s also simple to cut wood to fit any architectural style, and you can even make some unique designs out of it. Here are all the pros of wood siding:

  • Aesthetic Appeal: Wood siding has a natural beauty that is appealing to most people.
  • Durability: Wood siding can last for decades if properly maintained.
  • Energy Efficiency: Wood provides excellent insulation which can help reduce energy bills.
  • Versatility: Wood siding can be cut and shaped to fit any design or architectural style.
  • Eco-Friendly: Wood is a natural material which makes it a more environmentally friendly option for siding.

CONS OF WOOD SIDING

Wood siding has a lot of great qualities, but it isn’t perfect. Wood siding can soak up moisture, which can create mold, mildew, and wood rot. It requires regular maintenance, including cleaning, staining, painting, and sealing, to protect it from the elements. It’s also impacted by extreme weather conditions and can be a fire hazard if not treated properly. Wood siding is also vulnerable to termite infestations, as well as other wildlife damage from carpenter bees, raccoons, woodpeckers, etc. 

In summary, the cons of wood siding include:

  • Maintenance: Wood siding requires regular maintenance to maintain its premium look.
  • Cost: Wood siding can be more expensive than other types of siding due to the cost of materials and installation.
  • Fire Risk: Wood is flammable and can be a fire hazard if not properly treated and maintained.
  • Vulnerability to Weather: Wood siding can be impacted by extreme weather conditions such as heavy rain, snow, and wind, which can cause it to warp or crack.
  • Pests: Wood siding is prone to damage from termite infestations, carpenter bees, raccoons, woodpeckers, and more, which are costly to remove. 
A before image of exterior painting wood siding.

PROS OF PAINTING WOOD SIDING

Painting wood siding can help mitigate a lot of the cons associated with it. Premium paints can help protect the wood from moisture and prevent mold/mildew. The paint also protects against extreme weather conditions, which will lengthen the lifespan of the siding. Painting can also radically improve the curb appeal of your house, especially if it’s been a long time since you last painted. 

  • Protection: Painting wood siding can help protect it from damage caused by insects, moisture, and other environmental factors. Premium paint will also last longer than staining the wood siding.
  • Aesthetic Appeal: Painting wood siding can give your home a fresh new look, increase its curb appeal, and add value to your property.
  • Easy Maintenance: Painted wood siding is easier to clean and maintain than unfinished wood siding.

Doing all that work yourself can be time-consuming and costly, though. That’s why it’s usually better to let a professional contractor do the work for you. You will save yourself some time, and a high-quality contractor will notice and fix any other issues that you may not be aware of. 


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