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Wood siding products at Rocky Mountain Forest Products in Denver

Real Wood Siding Supply Company in Colorado

Natural wood siding has been used as siding materials for centuries. The wide range of  natural colors and textures available is unmatched by any other siding material.  Depending on type of lumber and pattern you select, it is adaptable to a wide variety of regional preferences, architectural styles, and climates.  

When correctly installed and maintained, natural wood siding will last for decades.  Siding products are generally categorized as either premium or knotty grades.  A premium grade will have fewer features such as knots, pitch streaks, and so forth. While a knotty grade typically will have sound, tight knots.  Choosing the right grade will be determined by the type of looking you trying to achieve.

What is the best type of wood for siding?

Both Cedar and Redwood have natural oils and resins to resist rot, decay, and insect infestation. Both can be a low maintenance solution and a homeowner can allow each type to weather into its own unique character.

Our kiln dried cedar siding will resist split, cupping, swelling and provides a dimensionally sound product. Cedar is highly used for its grain and does accepts stains very well allowing the homeowner the choice to either stain or let it weather into a beautiful grayish color.

Redwood will provide a homeowner with a rich texture and tones and it is a great choice for all climates. Redwood siding will resist shrinking, warping and cupping while having natural oils that will retain stains well. Overall, Redwood siding will cost more than Cedar since Redwood since its availability may be limited.

Both types can last up to 75 years or more depending the homeowner’s ability to properly maintaining their siding.

Other options that have grown in popularity are highly cost effective species such as Spruce, Pine, and Fir. Although these species do not have the same natural oils and resins to resist rot, with the advent inexpensive high quality oil based stains available today, it is now possible use these beautiful woods and ensure they will last for decades to come.

How easy is it to install wood siding?

Step 1 – Preparing the surface

Wood siding is usually fastened to a layer of plywood sheathing covered with moisture barrier frequently referred to as house wrap. Installed onto the exterior surface of a wood frame house, the house wrap acts as a water and air barrier, but allows water vapor to exit so as not to accumulate inside the wall.

Step 2 – Cutting Wood Siding

Use a standard circular saw to cut the siding to the appropriate length, ensuring that joints are on a stud. Use of measuring square is recommended so that each board is cut accurately. Otherwise, uneven gaps will appear at the joints on the finished wall. Be sure to make each cut slowly to prevent rough edges and splintering.

Step 3 – Installing Wood Siding

Siding is usually installed from the bottom up and may require scaffolding to complete even a single story structure. The lowest siding board is installed onto the bottom of the plywood sheathing so that it projects about an inch below the top of the foundation wall. Siding is nailed into each wood stud.

What kind of siding profile is the best?

Each profile has its own benefits, but the overall judgment of the design style is determined by the homeowner. Whether the home owner is looking for a clean design (i.e. Tongue and Groove) or looking for something a little more traditional (i.e. Bevel) it really is matter of preference. Our showrooms have numerous different styles, dimensions, species and grades of siding on display to assist you.
“Rocky Mountain Forest Products has been one of our most reliable suppliers for a decade now. Their staff is well informed and they make it a point on keeping us contractors out in the field up to date with new products and materials”

Schuyler Eddy, with Sound Builders

Channel Rustic Profile

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Channel Siding Example

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Bevel Siding Profile

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Bevel Siding Example

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Shiplap Siding Profle

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Shiplap Siding Example

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Tongue and Groove Siding Profile

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Tongue and Groove Siding Example

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Log Lap Siding Profile

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Log Lap Siding Example

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