The exterior of our new home will be a combination of container walls, Hardiplank on areas that bump out, and possibly wood on areas that are insulated from the outside. The images of our virtual house included a significant amount of wood in nice contrast with the metal container. See all that wood siding down there?
We really love the look of the stained wood (rather than painted, like you see on bungalows), but we have some worries. On the top of our concerns about wood siding, is maintenance, having just repainted and replaced part of the wood trim on our old house. We’re also concerned about our budget and the environmental factors, although almost all sources are saying that wood is more energy efficient and sustainable than other sources, and that modern forestry practices are greatly improved. Here’s what I’m finding out in my research:
Pine is inexpensive, and has been used for years, but is best when painted, is not rot-resistant, and can be prone to splitting. While Pine can easily be found in our area, and it can look really nice (below), it just doesn’t have the properties we are looking for.
image from Busy Boo
Cedar is known for its grain and its rot resistance. It is straight, resists splitting, takes a stain well, and is more insect-resistant than other woods, but must be treated to retain these qualities. Cedar can be expensive, but is plentiful in Texas. (We’re leaning toward Cedar right now.)
image from Live Modern
Above is newly-installed cedar, below is older, weathered-but-still-beautiful, possibly unsealed Cedar.
image from Interiorzine
Redwood resists shrinking, absorbs and retains its finish well and requires less maintenance than some other species. This wood is also naturally insect resistant. Redwood is a good choice for siding in all climates, but it isn’t available in most lumberyards locally, and would require special ordering. It’s difficult to even find too many examples of Redwood siding, but this is cabin is pretty great:
image from House Design Ideas
Our other option is to go with the wood grain Hardiplank, which is actually cheaper and very easy to maintain, but, ultimately, doesn’t really look like wood. We could also just use the Hardi all over the house when the container isn’t shown (which was our original thought before seeing and falling in love with the virtual design), possibly using different colors or textures, like the house below with planks and panels.
image from Jetson Green