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Interior Siding

Despite popular belief, siding isn’t just for home exteriors. In fact, it can be a beautiful addition to the interior of your home as well. Think exposed brick in the kitchen, log cabin-style living rooms with wood siding, or plank-style vinyl siding in the sunroom. The options are endless. Here’s some more info to get you started.

Costs

Two of the most popular interior siding options are brick veneer paneling, and log or wood paneling. Brick veneer costs, on average, between $6 and $12 per square foot for a professional installation.

Log paneling, on the other hand, costs between $.38 and $.99 per linear foot, depending on the size and type of wood used. You can get a price quote to compare labor rates in your area.

Pros

Brick veneer is an attractive interior siding option at a fraction of the cost of real brick.

Brick veneer is simple and inexpensive to install.

Wood paneling provides the warmth and aesthetically pleasing look of a rustic home or log cabin.

Cons

Brick veneer is more susceptible to water damage than real brick.

The look of brick veneer may be rather uniform and won’t offer a lot of choices.

Wood paneling can also be susceptible to water damage if it’s not sealed properly.

Durability

If properly cared for, brick veneer and wood paneling are both durable interior siding options. They won’t be exposed to the elements like exterior siding, so the chance for damage is significantly less.

Maintenance

When it comes to maintenance, brick veneer is easier to handle than wood paneling. In fact, brick veneer should require little to no maintenance over its lifetime because it’s installed inside and away from the elements. Wood paneling, on the other hand, should be stained and sealed to prevent water damage, as well as to keep it looking great for years to come.

Common Questions and Answers

What are the main differences between brick veneer and wood paneling?

The biggest difference is the look and feel that each type of interior siding offers. Wood paneling is usually seen as warm and rustic, while brick veneer is better for more contemporary, modern, and urban-type designs.

History

First appearing in European castles that displayed the material as a sign of wealth, wood paneling has had a long history as interior siding. Brick veneer came onto the scene in 1966, when Arto invented the material as an alternative to real brick.

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