While the number of siding options are slowly increasing, there is one option that still remains popular today: plywood. It’s inexpensive, attractive, and when properly maintained, can last for 30 years or more. Interested? Here are the facts.
Since plywood is manufactured to look like real wood, it’ll cost less than real wood siding. Be prepared to pay between $3,000 to $5,000 for 1,250 square feet, or $8,000 to $10,000 for 3,000 square feet. This will vary depending on the materials used and the cost of labor.
Plywood is a durable siding option if installed correctly and treated to combat termite infestation and water damage.
In order to ensure that your plywood siding will last for years to come, seal all edges with water repellent, stain sealer, or exterior house paint primer before installation. Then, make sure to re-stain or re-paint your home every five years.
While it may be tempting to just remove and replace damaged sections, it’s best to replace the whole panel. This will keep the paneling seamless and less prone to leakage along repair lines.
If your home is on the older side, then your siding pattern is most likely no longer being produced. Try to find a specialty contractor that can manufacture outdated siding groove patterns.
Plywood siding came onto the market in the 1950s and immediately became a popular siding choice for homes in the northern states. Today, as other materials like vinyl and fiber cement become more prevalent, the use of plywood siding continues to decrease.
When using plywood for exterior siding, it is crucial to ensure that the grade you choose is the proper product for exterior use. Don’t try to save money by selecting a lower grade because this causes major headaches in the future. Before making a decision, speak to a licensed contractor to evaluate plywood siding’s practicality for your area. Because the proper installation of plywood siding is so critical to preventing moisture damage, it is highly recommended that you have a licensed contractor handle the work.
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