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Wood House Siding

by Don Vandervort, © HomeTips

wood exterior siding typesThe category of wood siding includes clapboard and other milled-board siding; plywood and hardwood sheets; and shingles and shakes. All types of wood siding can last 30 years or more if they are well maintained.

Milled-board sidings are cut into a number of styles of patterned board. These are most often installed horizontally, but some interlocking patterns can also be applied vertically or diagonally. Horizontal siding is nailed through sheathing into the house’s studs, and each board overlaps the one below it. Vertical siding is generally nailed to wooden strips that are attached across wall studs.

Plywood and hardwood sidings come in sheets that are 4 feet wide and 8, 9, or 10 feet long, as well as in boards that mimic the look of milled-board siding. Builders generally nail plywood sheets directly to the studs without including a layer of sheathing. Sheet siding is often the least expensive siding option.

Wood shakes and shingles are used as a siding material for a wide range of house styles, from contemporary to Victorian. Wood shakes are nailed over sheathing or to horizontal wooden strips.  Wood shingles are usually installed over solid sheathing or horizontal furring strips, with a protective layer of building paper.

All wood siding should be sealed, stained, or painted for protection from decay, insects, and weathering.

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