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Wood Siding

The classic, natural styling of real wood siding is often imitated, but never duplicated. While manufactured siding alternatives like vinyl and fiber cement have their benefits, wood siding offers natural beauty, durability, and a sterling reputation earned through generation after generation of reliability.

When installed by the professionals at Topper Construction, wood siding offers a lifetime of protection from the elements and a beautiful, unique home exterior. Wood siding can be crafted to gives homes a look that can’t be duplicated by other types of siding.

Types of Wood Siding

Cedar shingles are smooth and easy to cut and install. They’re typically cut from Western red cedar or redwood.

Cedar shakes are similar to cedar shingles, but are more rough-hewn and randomly shaped.

Board-and-batten siding offers homeowners a distinctive and attractive appearance by layering wide, vertically installed boards with narrower boards covering the spaces in between.

Tongue-and-groove siding can be installed in a wide variety of orientations with numerous grades of wood.

Drop-channel siding features boards that slightly overlap, providing for attractive shadow effects, protection from precipitation, and flexibility for contraction and expansion during the changing of seasons.

Bevel siding, which is also known as clapboard siding, is created by sawing boards at an angle so that the thinner edge sheds water easier.

Split log siding is the preferred choice for rustic, cabin-style homes in heavily wooded areas. Rot-resistant trees — such as cypress, cedar and oak — are custom milled at local sawmills to create the illusion of solid logs when installed vertically or horizontally.

Myths about Wood Siding

Wood siding will rot if exposed to moisture

While water does penetrate wood, proper installation and the use of a moisture barrier between the siding and the structure prevents rot due to moisture.

Wood siding will deteriorate over time

With light periodic maintenance, which includes staining and caulking of joints, wood siding can be just as durable as its artificial competitors.

Wood siding is a fire hazard

Wood shingles can be treated with fire-retardant, making them safe for use in dry, fire-prone climates.

Wood siding only comes in a few colors

Wood siding can be painted or stained with a variety of shades, making it a match for vinyl or fiber-cement siding when it comes to versatility of color.

Wood siding attracts insects

Wood siding is treated with a preservative that significantly limits the risk of termite invasion.

With Topper Construction, you’ll see the benefit of nearly three decades of experience. For the natural elegance of real wood siding, contact Topper Construction at 301-874-0220 or email us at We offer wood siding services in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Northern Virginia.