Regionally appropriate wood siding?
I'd like to start a discussion on regionally appropriate wood siding choices. Although I would like to hear input on my location (Virginia), I think the discussion could range further to include other areas of the country.
Practically every building yard I've ever visited stocks western red cedar siding. It's hard to argue with its durability or beauty, but it is certainly not a locally sourced wood. I know WRC shingles can be sustainable harvested, but I'm less sure about 12' - 16' lengths of siding.
Virginia's forests are primarily hardwood; oak, hickory, poplar, and maple make up the majority of hardwood species. To the southeast, southern yellow pine is the predominate softwood. So although we have a great supply of framing lumber and furniture wood, there is no dead ringer for siding.
TimberSil offers a treated southern yellow pine siding, but even their local retailer suggested that I look into other options: http://www.timbersilwood.com
So that sends me out of state. The question then becomes, how far and what choices?
South - Cypress
North - White cedar, spruce, hemlock
West - Western red cedar, redwood
I'd like to hear your thoughts. I'd propose that you list your state and your preferred wood siding choice / species, then give some context and information afterwards.
Michael Chandler - If you run across this, I would appreciate some of your insight. Specifically, do you have any experience with cypress siding?
Posted Jan 30, 2011 12:14 AM ET
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