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Pros and Cons of Wood Siding

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Pro
1. Siding comes in a variety of textures and thicknesses
2. Siding comes in wood and other, composite materials
3. Composite materials are less expensive
4. Composite sidings come pre-finished
5. Composite sidings are applied rapidly
6. All siding will cover large areas of walls and soffits rapidly
7. Siding material can be applied by same wood framing contractor
8. This is a clean material operation
9. Sidings can take a variety of paint colors
10. Siding debris can be recycled
Cons
1. Siding application is more expensive because of labor costs
2. Siding over frame construction requires a plywood or O.S.B. solid back
3. Material will show joints
4. Material will show nail or metal connections
5. Corners require extra care
6. Corners require caulking
7. Siding details at windows or doors require caulking
8. Siding requires periodic inspection for maintenance
9. Siding requires painting or staining every 4 to 5 years

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