If you are planning to build a new home for you and your family, you will quickly find that there are several siding options on the market. It is best to choose your siding wisely based on lifespan, maintenance, and overall cost. Plywood siding, while not as popular as it once was, is still a great choice. It offers a natural wood look that many homeowners love. Of course, all wood siding is susceptible to rot and other issues, but there are ways to prolong the life of plywood siding.
Treated vs. Untreated
Plywood and other wood sidings typically have a lifespan between 30 and 50 years. One of the main components that can shorten the lifespan of a wood-based siding is moisture. Moisture is the enemy when it comes to the siding on your home. Of course, there is no way to stop rain from falling or humidity from building in the air, so protecting your siding may seem impossible.
One way to ensure your plywood siding does not experience too much damage is to purchase treated plywood panels. Untreated plywood typically costs less than treated plywood, but treated plywood is less susceptible to rot. If left untreated, your siding may become the target of rot related to moisture, bugs, and birds, such as woodpeckers. Treated wood offers more strength and durability, therefore providing you a longer lifespan.
Staining your plywood is always a great idea if you wish to add a touch of color to your home. Stain is available in a variety of colors, although your color options are limited compared to vinyl and other types of siding. However, stain does more than just add color to the exterior of your home. The right stain can protect your plywood siding from elemental exposure.
Choose a water repellent stain to paint over the wood in order to prolong the lifespan of your siding. If you are unable to locate a water repellent stain, you could always treat the wood with a water repellent base, stain it, and then apply a stain sealer. It is recommended that you reapply a layer of water repellent and stain at least once every 5 years for best results.
The water repellent layer will repel moisture off the siding, therefore offer a protective layer against the threat of moisture damage. Instead, when the water hits the siding, it will form beads of water that slide off the siding rather than collecting there and soaking into the wood. Water that soaks into the wood siding can cause it to expand and eventually rot.
Yet another way to prolong the life of your plywood siding is to add guttering to your home. Guttering redirects water away from the side of your home, therefore preventing water from running down the siding and causing damage. Make sure you have gutters properly installed along all sides of your home.
For best results, perform gutter maintenance annually or semi-annually. It is highly recommended that you clean out your gutters between the fall and winter seasons and again between the spring and summer season. Clogged gutters can cause damage to the gutters, which may in turn cause leaks or a buildup of moisture that pours down the side of your home.
Use a ladder and a pair of thick leather gloves to remove debris in your gutter. You should also use a garden hose to wash out any dirt and debris. To protect your health, make sure you wear a respirator, so you are not breathing in any mold or mildew that would have collected in the gutter along with wet leaves and debris.
By following these tips, you can easily prolong the life of your plywood siding. If you have trouble completing any of these steps, contact a siding professional near you for help and for more about this topic. A professional can help you find ways to improve the longevity of your siding. Additionally, you will likely need the help of a professional when it comes time to install your siding.Share