Cedar Siding: Clapboard and Shingles

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United Home Experts & United Painting Co. is your professional siding company. We offer cedar clapboards (also called beveled siding), cedar shingles, and cedar shakes (bigger, rough cut shingles). We also install many different styles and types of novelty wood siding. We believe that when maintained properly, it’s hard to beat the rich look of natural wood. A quality wood exterior should last as long as you own your home, and should improve your home’s appearance and value. We use many of the best grades of red or white cedar shingles or clapboards.

Did you know that cedar siding can last for hundreds of years? A recent siding project of ours in N. Andover, MA, built in the early 1800s, had only a few repairs required to the original clapboard siding. This damage was due mostly to extended snow build-up near the base of the house.

Reasons why some customers choose Cedar Siding

side_wood_2Cedar Siding is Beautiful

Cedar Siding is, above all, a wood of exceptional beauty. In its natural, unfinished state, it has a richly textured, tactile grain combined with a palette of warm, mellow tones ranging from light amber to deep honey brown. Cedar Siding also remains subtly aromatic, and the characteristic fragrance of cedar adds another dimension to Cedar Siding’s universal appeal.

Cedar Siding is Durable

Cedar Siding contains natural oils that act as preservatives to help the wood resist insect attack and decay. Cedar siding is also a dimensionally stable wood that lies flat and stays straight. Properly finished and maintained, cedar siding ages gracefully and endures for many years. When high quality cedar is chosen, it is free of pitch and resin and it finishes to a richly glowing surface that can be enhanced with transparent or full-bodied stains or with paints.

Visit SidingMagazine.com’s Siding Calculatorto get a range of how much it would cost to replace your home’s siding.

Available surfaced or saw textured. Recommended 1″ minimum overlap. Widths 8″ and over use 2 nails 3-4″ apart.
E.W.P - 18
E.W.P – 18
Available in smooth face. Reversible pattern usually used for interior applications.
E.W.P - 11
E.W.P – 11
Available in smooth face. Pattern used for interior ceilings or sidings.
Bevel (clapboard)
Bevel (clapboard)
Plain Bevel may be used with smooth face exposed or sawn face exposed for textured effect. Recommended 1″ minimum overlap on plain bevel siding
E.W.P - 2 & 4
E.W.P – 2 & 4
Combination of #2 & #4 patterns. Can be used on either side.
E.W.P Channel Rustic 7/8 reveal
E.W.P Channel Rustic 7/8″ reveal
Available in saw face. Used as siding.
Dolly Varden
Dolly Varden
Thicker than Bevel Siding. Rabbeted edge.
E.W.P - E & CB
E.W.P – E & CB
Available in smooth face. Reversible pattern. Usually used for porch ceilings.
E.W.P Channel Rustic 1/2 reveal
E.W.P Channel Rustic 1/2″ reveal
Available in saw face. Used as siding.
Log Cabin
Log Cabin
1 1/2″ at thickest point. Nail 1 1/2″ up from lower edge of piece.
E.W.P 106 drop siding
E.W.P 106 drop siding
Available in smooth face. Used as siding, resembles clapboard from a distance.
E.W.P 105 drop siding
Same as pattern 106 in appearance. Milled with a ship lap edge.
E.W.P - 2
E.W.P – 2
Available in smooth face. Usually used in interior applications. Use single finish nail and angle into tongue.
E.W.P double clapboard T&G
E.W.P double clapboard T&G
Available in smooth face. Looks like bevel when installed.
E.W.P double clapboard S/2
E.W.P double clapboard S/2
Available in smooth face. Looks like bevel when installed.
E.W.P - 4
E.W.P – 4
Available in smooth face. Reversible pattern. Usually used for porch ceilings or interior applications
E.W.P 1-inch center match
E.W.P 1″ center match
Available in smooth face. Pattern used for flooring or siding applications.
E.W.P 1-inch shiplap
E.W.P 1″ shiplap
Available in saw or smooth face. Usually used as siding.

Terms & Terminology

narrow strips of wood placed over joints in vertical wood plank siding to seal the joints

clapboards that are tapered rather than cut perfectly rectangular

Brick veneer
a wall construction method in which a layer of bricks is attached to the wood framework of a house using brick ties

Carpenter ants
large black ants that make may make their nests in walls, behind siding, or in insulation; carpenter ants don’t eat wood they excavate wood to build their homes in the cavities left behind

waterproof material used to seal joints at intersections of building components, used with some types of siding

a crack or split along the grain in wood plank siding as a result of cupping

overlapping, horizontal wood plank siding made from either rectangular planks or taped planks

Composition board
planks or sheets of weather resistant compressed wood fibers used as siding

each row of siding material

a warp across the board in wood plank siding

separation of the siding material-veneer or stucco- from its attachment to the house

Double course
an undercourse of shingles or shakes, not exposed to the weather, is covered completely by a top course

Dust mites
virtually walking stomachs

a type of sheet metal used at intersections of building components to prevent water penetration, flashings are commonly used above doors and windows in exterior walls and are used under the siding to prohibit water penetration

a steel angle iron or beam over window and door openings that spans the opening and transfers the weight of the masonry to the sides of the opening

Milled planks
various cuts of plank siding, including V-groove, channel, rabbeted bevel, shiplap and drop

Model Building Code
these building codes vary by area of the country and are considered the standard for that area

Moisture permeable
a surface that allows moisture to pass through it

Scarfed joint
joint used in plywood siding where edges of abutting sheets are angle cut to fit snugly and prevent water penetration

a style of milled plank, used in siding, that is laid close enough so as to appear to be butted

Single course
wood shingles or shakes applied where each course is exposed to the weather

crumbling and falling away of bricks, concrete or blocks

a type of water resistant, plaster like siding material made of cement, sand and water; it may have an acrylic finish

T & G
tongue and groove, a connection system between components, like wood, in which the tab or tongue of one board is placed into the grove at the end of another board

social insects that live either in the ground or in wood and eat wood, they can cause serious structural damage to a home

veneer is one ply or one thickness of something; in siding there are brick and stone veneers; there are also veneers of one wood bonded to another

Wall cladding
another term for siding

Wall sheathing
sheets of plywood or wood planking used to cover the wall framework of the house

Windload Pressure
is a measurement of how well a panel might perform in high wind areas

Wire mesh
a mesh attached to the wall sheathing and studs used to anchor a stucco base coat to the wall

Wood plank siding
rectangular wood planks, installed horizontally or vertically

Wood shakes
thick, rough, uneven shingles that hand split, split and sawn on one side, or sawn on both sides, used as siding

Wood shingles
sawn shingles that are of uniform thickness
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