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What is engineered wood siding and what does it cost? Those are some of the most common questions we get regarding the material, which is why we finally decided to make an article on the topic to help you get a better understanding of those different queries. We will also include a comparison with fiber cement siding since that is one of the other types of siding material homeowners are often in between when choosing. Some of the other names that are commonly used for this type of material include synthetic wood siding, manufactured wood siding, composite wood siding and engineered siding. When you hear one of those different names, you now know what it is they're talking about. Are you ready to start talking with siding contractors in your area? We'd love to help connect you with the 4 most relevant ones. Simply fill out the form below, and we'll match you with the relevant companies so you can get the ball rolling! Otherwise, the article continues underneath.
What is Engineered Wood Siding?Engineered wood is an alternative often sold to homeowners that are interested in solid wood siding, although they may not be attracted to all the different consequences of having the real thing because it requires a lot of continuous maintenance that will add to the overall cost over the years it's installed. For instance, you will need wood siding contractors to come by every 2-3 years to re-stain the material, if you don't go for solid paint. The engineered option is also sold as a cheaper alternative, both now and over time, that can be afforded by more homeowners, while still being easy to install. If you want to have the wooden look, but some of the other aspects of wood are less appealing to you, this might be a better option for you to consider. For a lot of people, installing vinyl siding will simply not cut it, even though it may be made to look cedar siding. Let's be honest. It doesn't really achieve that if you're less than 500 feet away from the house. You get the message. The production of this material includes using resin composite material along with strands or fibers of wood. the wax that is added to the fibers help make them water-resistant, which is otherwise a big problem with wooden materials. When the different binders have been added, everything is heat-pressed as this makes the material more dense, increases its strenght and thereby its durability. Fungal decay and pest infestations is one of the things that natural wood will need to deal with, but by treating the material with zinc borate, it increases its resistance against those elements. When that has been done, it can then be cut into the different desired styles to best match your wishes. There are a lot of different siding styles requiring that the material be cut in different ways, which is why engineered wood comes available as panels, shakes and planks as well as the trim for corners and around windows. The final step is for an overlay to be added which provides a moisture barrier, protecting your home from water damage, and protecting the material from deteriorating.
Pros and Cons of Engineered Wood SidingAll different siding materials have pros and cons. Here are the pros and cons related to engineered wood siding.
- Good warranties provided for quality materials - you may be able to get a warranty that is as good as 30 years and transferable, which is one of the things that will help increase the value of your home too since a potential home buyer will know that even if they experience problems, those will be covered.
- It's easy to cut - materials such as fiber cement are difficult to cut, whereas traditional wood is easy to cut too. Engineered wood cuts like wood despite the fact that all these different things were added to it.
- A lot of the material that go into it is waste material being recycled - the company Maibec uses its waste from producing cedar siding to produce engineered wood. Instead of either throwing it out or selling it, they can make use of the product locally and limit the amount of transportation that it needs before being repurposed.
- The production process makes it able to withstand elements that cause natural wood to warp and deteriorate - warping boards are likely to cause water leaks, and you simply won't be experiencing that to the same extent with this material.
- Vinyl can get damaged upon impact - engineered wood doesn't get damaged nearly as easily as vinyl when impacted.
- Mold, mildew and insects are more likely to leave it alone - natural wood needs to constantly be discouraged from infesting the wood, which requires continuous staining of the material. Engineered wood is more resistant to these elements.
- It beats vinyl in terms of looking like real wood.
- It's cheaper than getting the real thing.
- While it does give waste product new life, it also contains binders that aren't necessarily eco-friendly
- Make sure to get good quality product, or you might find it deteriorating - getting a product that has a good warranty should ensure that it's not too much of a worry.
- It's not natural wood - stained natural wood may be able to provide a more desired look than this, so if that's what you want, engineered wood simply won't cut it.
- The slightly too perfect look - you don't get the natural variation that the real wood will bring.
- Still a relatively new siding option - with new siding options come problems, and this material has been through class-action lawsuits too, however the product has also been improved over time and has definitely gotten better. With its incredibly good warranties, I'd personally still bet on it!
Engineered Wood Siding CostWe already mentioned that this material is usually cheaper than traditional wood, making it one of the reasons why a lot of homeowners go with it instead. It's been reported that you can save as much as 50% by choosing engineered wood instead of solid wood. These are the engineered wood siding costs that we have been able to find, although they don't include installation. It's simply for the material itself. Lap siding costs $1.2 - 2.2 per square foot for engineered wood. Shakes cost $2.3 - to $3.3 per square foot when made in engineered wood.
Cost to Install Engineered Wood SidingThe cost to have engineered wood siding installed is usually between $1.7 and $6 per square foot without the material included, but it depends on different factors you should familiarize yourself with.
- The style - it is more expensive to get shakes installed than is the case with lap siding. It simply takes longer to install. The process of installing lap siding is simpler, and you get more material installed quicker since each board has more square footage.
- The general cost to hire siding contractors where you live - siding contractors in certain parts of the country are simply more expensive to hire since the general cost level is higher there. If you live in California, you can expect to pay more than someone living in Connecticut.
- How big your house is - the bigger the house, the more material and the higher the labor cost too.
- Are you removing old siding - did you know that vinyl siding can be installed on top of wood siding for instance, which is a way to save money by not having to remove the existing material.