The exterior of a home plays a big role in its value, including how it’s perceived by visitors. So, when the time comes to re-side your house, the material you choose needs to reflect the style of your property. For rustic homes to contemporary dwellings in need of a more unique look, weathered wood siding is the ideal complement to a range of exteriors that need something a little off the beaten path.
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What Is Weathered Wood Siding?
Weathered wood siding is real wood siding that’s been reclaimed from barns and other out buildings more than 100 years old. The wood has developed a natural patina from being allowed to weather in the sun, rain, and other elements. This has given the wood a beautiful patina and color that can’t be replicated with other materials.
Most of the wood used to create this siding comes from old growth trees, and is incredibly hard and durable, so even though it’s already been in use for more than 100 years, it still has decades of use left.
Weathered wood siding comes in several plank sizes and styles, so you can easily complement the architectural style of your home. Install it horizontally or vertically in horizontal lap, shiplap, or board-and-batten applications to get an authentically rustic and attractive exterior for your home or building.
The Benefits of Using Weathered Wood Siding
There are a lot of benefits to using weathered wood siding for your home’s exterior. The first is the appearance of the wood. Natural wood remains one of the most popular and sought after materials for use in and around homes and businesses. Wood has been used for centuries partly because of its ready availability, but also because of its appeal; even as other materials have become available, many people still choose either real wood or materials that look like wood, simply because of the attraction.
Weathered wood has a natural appearance that cannot be replicated, bringing increased attraction and appeal to the homes it’s installed on. The color and texture of the wood will vary from plank to plank, giving the entire facade a subtle depth and range that is highly appealing.
Since weathered wood siding is a reclaimed material, it’s also an eco-friendly siding. No new trees have been cut and harvested to produce it, and there’s less milling and pollution associated with its use, so you’re making a better choice for the environment.
Once installed, the wood can continue to weather, taking on an even deeper patina as it ages. Because you aren’t painting it, you won’t need to worry about scraping and repainting every few years, lowering the curb appeal in between. This is old growth wood, so it’s highly durable and able to withstand the elements, providing you with years of continued use.
Using Weathered Wood Siding
While reclaimed and antique wood siding is naturally rustic in appearance, it can be used on a wide range of different architectural styles and in a number of different ways. This can enable you to achieve different looks, depending on your personal taste.
Rustic materials and contemporary structures often work well together. The slight contrast between the older materials and the sleek lines helps make contemporary structures appear warmer and more welcoming, as well as more interesting. Installing the planks in a shiplap or butt-edged installation can help give the exterior a sleek look, but with the natural variation and depth the wood can bring.
Weathered wood siding is natural wood; it works well with other, new cut woods as well as with other natural materials like fieldstone. It’s possible to use new cut wood as an accent that will stand out against the weathered wood, as well as to use fieldstone mixed with the wood to produce a range of looks for the home.
Siding and Timbers
Most homes use a trim that matches the siding in some way to help make a place for the siding around the edges. This home uses large, square timbers at the corners instead. This helps give the property a more substantial appearance, and ties in the weathered siding beautifully, creating a soft and natural appearance.
Matching Doors and Accents
Weathered siding and reclaimed wood can be used to create a variety of different looks, as well as accents for the home. This garage door is made of the same wood, so it blends in seamlessly with the rest of the exterior. Use weathered siding to create doors, accents, and panels to help create the unique look you’re after for your home.
Get an Authentic Exterior with Weathered Wood Siding
Weathered wood has a richness, depth, and color that you won’t find from new wood siding. This environmentally-friendly material can enhance the appearance of any home. If you’re looking for a natural looking siding for your exterior, visit Elmwood Reclaimed Timber to find out more about how this unique material can benefit your home.