What is Engineered Wood Siding?
Engineered wood siding consists of wood chips or wood strands, bound together by resin and coated with a moisture-resistant overlay. Often the siding is embossed or textured with a wood grain pattern for an authentic appearance.
What are the benefits of Engineered Siding?
Engineered siding can be half the price of wood siding. It is also easier and cheaper to install. Depending on the manufacturer, you can find generous warranty terms. Engineered siding is considered more eco-friendly because it uses wood more efficiently, requiring fewer trees to be harvested.
Engineered Siding Drawbacks
While engineered siding has a lot of benefits, it’s not completely invulnerable. It can be vulnerable to moisture, just like natural wood siding. Which is why there are some important maintenance tips to keep your engineered siding in shape.
Maintaining Your Engineered Siding
Just like with standard siding, regular checks are going to be crucial. Walk around your house twice per year, looking for damage and problems. The earlier you catch a problem, the better to avoid bigger headaches.
To clean off mildew, use a 1:3 solution of white vinegar to water on a rag or sponge. To take care of dirt, use a mild detergent or soap. Avoid abrasive cleaners and solvents, which may damage your paint. For both of these, you can easily rinse the siding off with a garden hose.
Touching up the paint on engineered siding is a snap. If you find small chips or imperfections, just dab the area with a cotton swab and allow it to dry for 24 hours.
Prune back bushes or branches near your siding – if allowed to grow unchecked, they can
scratch up the siding. You may also want to remove creeping ivy to keep it from doing damage. Make sure your sprinklers aren’t spraying the siding, as the extra water can cause moisture to accumulate. Finally, check for cracks or missing sealant. Check the seams and, if you find any gaps or cracks, mend them, following the instructions on your sealant.
Engineered siding is an affordable, durable, and eco-friendly addition to your home. If you keep it maintained, it can last you for decades. If you are interested in installing siding, please contact us for a free estimate at (402)-894-9525 or reach out to us here.