Clapboard Siding | Bevel Siding
When you picture traditional siding, the first thing to spring to mind is the clapboard siding style. Also known as bevel, clapboard wood siding has been protecting and beautifying houses across the country for hundreds of years. Whether you need siding for your new or existing home, Rocky Mountain Forest Products can provide premium bevel siding to fit your budget and style.
Clapboard siding is the most widely-used wood siding. It’s available in clear and knotty grades and is made by resawing lumber at an angle to produce pieces thicker on one edge than the other. The manufacturing process of clapboard siding results in pieces with one face saw textured. The other face of the siding 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 exterior siding selected.
We offer customizable products at lower prices than you’ll find at a big box store. We keep our costs down and our quality high by buying all our lumber directly from the mill.
Benefits of Clapboard/Bevel
- Aesthetically pleasing- Great looking and can increase the resale value of a home
- Weather Friendly- The design allows the wood to contract and expand in different weather conditions.
- Color Freedom- Left unfinished or painted any color
- Eco-Friendly- Environmentally friendly wood product
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Why should I go with clapboard siding?
Along with its classic look, clapboard siding offers excellent insulation. This means that when you choose clapboard, you can increase your energy efficiency and lower your utility bills. Clapboard (aka bevel) siding can reduce your heater and air conditioner use while keeping your house comfortable year round.
With Rocky Mountain Forest Products, you can also choose the exact material you want for your bevel clapboard. We offer everything from natural durable cedar and high-end redwood to less expensive fir, pine, and spruce.
What kind of species Is recommended?
Western Red Cedar is among the most popular wood choices for clapboard siding due to its warmth, beauty, and durability. It gives homes and cottages a casual charm, though it is also ideal for more prestigious applications.
However, softwoods such as Pine, Spruce, and Fir are cost effective options as well.
How do I maintain my clapboard siding?
With the right care and maintenance your siding can last for years to come.
- Inspect the siding yearly for mold, mildew, and cracking.
- Only use hot-dipped galvanized stainless steel or aluminum nails when installing the siding.
- Caulk the siding and trim joints.
- Install the siding an inch below roofing materials.