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Quarter Sawn Clapboards, Not Your Standard Milling

Clapboard is a term for horizontal, overlapping siding,
usually wood. Quarter sawn clapboards are especially beneficial for use in
siding because the style of cut produces lumber that is less prone to warping
and buckling.

To make this type of board, a log must first be cut into
quarters (hence the name). Each quarter is then ripped into the boards that
become clapboards (see an excellent diagram and explanation here). The process of
quarter sawing takes significantly more time than standard milling, which can
make such clapboards significantly more expensive.

Quarter sawn wood, however, also has a straighter grain and
is considerably stronger than standard cut boards. Less variation and longer
lengths make quarter sawn clapboards ideal when choosing an exterior wood
siding material. As with any wood material, the clapboards will need to be
stained or painted for protection against the elements. Regular maintenance
will also be an issue.

Quarter sawn clapboards are not preferential to any specific
type of wood, although redwood and cedar, as opposed to the once-popular pine,
have the advantage of being naturally rot resistant.

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Clapboard is a term for horizontal, overlapping siding usually made of wood. Quarter sawn clapboards are great because the cut helps avoid the damage often prone to wood siding. Here’s some more info to get you started.

Costs

Quarter sawn clapboard siding can range in price from $2-$3.60 per square foot, depending on the type of wood used and the thickness of the clapboard. Get price quotes to compare rates for your siding project.

Pros

Quarter sawn wood has a straighter grain and is considerably stronger than standard cut boards.

Less variation and longer lengths make quarter sawn clapboards ideal as an exterior wood siding material.

Less warping and buckling.

Cons

The process of quarter sawing is a long one, making the clapboards significantly more expensive.

Needs to be stained or painted for protection against the elements.

Many homeowners are turned off by the regular maintenance required of this type of siding.

Durability

While quarter sawn clapboard is less prone to warping and buckling than other lumber cuts, it is still not considered the most durable siding option. Quarter sawn siding must be sealed and properly maintain for the best results.

Maintenance

Quarter sawn clapboard siding should be painted or stained ever 3-5 years, depending on the conditions at the site of installation. It is considered a relatively high-maintenance siding option.

Common Questions and Answers

How are quarter sawn clapboards made?

To make this type of board, a log must first be cut into quarters, hence the name. Each quarter is then ripped into the boards that become clapboards. The process of quarter sawing takes significantly more time than standard milling.

What is the best type of wood to use for quarter sawn clapboard?

Quarter sawn clapboards are not preferential to any specific type of wood, although redwood and cedar, as opposed to the

History

Clapboard siding first appeared around New England during the Colonial times. Settlers believed that this was the best siding option for protecting their homes against the elements while still creating an aesthetically pleasing exterior.

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