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Wood siding : installing, finishing, maintaining


W.C. Feist
A.E. Oviatt



Publication type:

Miscellaneous Publication

Primary Station(s):

Forest Products Laboratory


Home and garden bulletin 203. [Washington, DC] : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service. 23 pages


Wood siding is put on houses for many good reasons. One reason is that it will keep the bright new “face” of any home attractive for many years to come. In fact, given reasonable care, wood siding will retain its beauty for centuries, as has been amply proved by its performance on houses that date back to early colonial times. It also has great versatility; and the large variety of patterns, sizes, and colors allows for effects ranging from the simple charm of colonial clapboard to the rustic beauty of board-and batten and rough-textured plywood or lumber siding. In between are many other varieties and combinations that produce distinctive and attractive effects. Then there is the ease and speed with which it can be sawed, fitted, and nailed into place. Other reasons are its fuel-saving value, because of the millions of tiny hollow fibers that make it a good insulator, and its natural resistance to the ravages of weather. Other reasons to use wood siding include its ability to hold a wide variety of finishes-clear ones that reveal and accentuate its natural beauty, stains that impart a rustic appearance, and paints of every conceivable color. Within limits, the color scheme can be changed periodically to give a home a fresh new appearance in keeping with changing times. It is little wonder that wood siding has come to stand for warmth, comfort, security, beauty- ll the things that spell “home.”



Feist, W.C.; Oviatt, A.E. 1983. Wood siding : installing, finishing, maintaining. Home and garden bulletin 203. [Washington, DC] : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service. 23 pages

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