Installing Wood Siding? Read This First!

finishline_graphic_4webMany questions arise when deciding to put wood siding on a new house: “What’s the best type of wood?” “Should I use paint or stain?” “Do I apply finish before or after installation?”

There are no simple answers to these questions, but a recently revised FinishLine factsheet, Solid-Colored Stains on Western Redcedar and Redwood Siding, offers suggestions to help you make informed decisions.

This factsheet focuses on western redcedar and redwood, as these species have long been chosen for exterior wood siding because of their natural resistance to decay as well as their ability to maintain a good finish. Included are tips on choosing the right grade of siding, choosing the right kind of finish, applying the finish, and installing the siding.