The exterior finish of a building is the face it presents to the world; it defines the mood and character of the structure and reflects the image desired by its designers, builders or owners.

Western Red Cedar siding is available in a range of designs and grades, offering variety and versatility to complement any architectural style. It adapts equally well to bold and expressive modernism or the well defined criteria of period styling.

Above all, Western Red Cedar has an enduring beauty that projects an aura of prestige. It is a wood with great dimensional stability and natural decay resistance. Its freedom from pitch and resin makes it an excellent base for a wide range of finishes.

Siding Patterns

Bevel, tongue and groove, channel and board-and-batten are among the most popular sidings and there are many variations within these styles to provide a variety of designer effects to suit a wide range of tastes. Although every effort has been made in this publication to show representative grades, the actual appearance may vary between manufacturers.
Choosing a siding is largely a matter of personal preference, architectural appearance and environmental harmony. The size, height and design of a home, its setting, the changing designs of light and shade during the course of a day, will all influence the final choice.

Bevel Siding

Western Red Cedar bevel siding is the most widely used siding type. It is produced by resawing lumber at an angle to produce two pieces thicker on one edge than the other. The manufacturing process results in pieces with one face saw textured. The other face is smooth or saw textured depending on the grade and customer preference. Bevel siding is installed horizontally and gives an attractive shadow line which varies with the thickness of siding selected.

Bevel siding is available in clear and knotty grades. Clear siding gives premium quality appearance and is ideal for prestigious, upmarket applications. Knotty siding has warmth and casual charm and is ideal for homes, cottages, club-houses and rustic structures.

Tongue and Groove Siding

Western Red Cedar tongue and groove is widely used for its good looks and versatility. It can be installed horizontally, vertically or diagonally, each method giving a distinctly different look. Tongue and groove siding is available with rough or smooth faces. Both seasoned (kiln-dried) and unseasoned (green) sidings are available.

The joints between adjoining pieces are usually v-shaped but flush jointed, reveal and radius joints are also available. The different joints and surface textures in tongue and groove siding combine to provide a range of shadow line effects that enhance the product's versatility.

Tongue and groove siding is manufactured in clear grades suitable for a more formal, elegant appearance, particularly when pieces are smooth faced. Knotty grades are in demand for their smart, casual look

Channel Sidings

Channel sidings are normally supplied either green (unseasoned) or dry in clear or knotty grades and with a smooth or saw textured face. It is a popular type of lap siding and is used whenever a rustic appearance is desired. A versatile siding, it can be installed vertically, horizontally or diagonally. In channel siding the profile of each board partially overlaps that of the board next to it creating a channel that gives shadow line effects, provides excellent weather protection and allows for dimensional movement.

Channel siding is normally supplied in unseasoned knotty grades. The face side is saw textured. Commonly available sizes are 1 x 6 in., 1 x 8 in. and 1 x 10 in. Clear grades are manufactured to order

Board-and-Batten Siding

Board-and-batten is a vertical design created using wide clear or knotty cedar boards spaced apart with narrower boards (battens) covering the joins. There are no set board or batten widths - various combinations are used to create different looks suitable for large or small scale applications. A frequent combination is 1 x 3 in. battens and 1 x 10 in. boards. This can also be reversed with boards installed over battens to create a deep channel effect.

Rough sawn, unseasoned boards or boards surfaced on one side and two edges (S1S2E) are commonly used for board-and-batten siding. Sizes are from 1 x 2 in. to 1 x 12 in.

Installing and Finishing

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