Whether you are planning to have your current home re-sided or you are in the process of a new build, if going green is a priority for you, you’ll enjoy the information in this guide! Most modern homeowners consider materials like brick and vinyl siding when they are selecting coverings for the exteriors of their houses. One option that is not quite as popular, however, is bark siding.
This sort of siding, as you might have guessed from its name, is crafted from tree bark. Bark siding has been around for many years, but has just recently started gaining steam with residential homeowners; it’s especially attractive for coastal homes, such as those in the Charleston, SC area, but can be used on any type of residence. As you read on, you’ll learn more about bark siding and discover if it’s a good option for your upcoming project.
What makes bark siding so environmentally friendly?
Because bark siding is quite literally taken from trees that are already being cut down for some other purpose, it causes no additional negative impact to the environment. It can also last for 75-100 years without being painted or sealed; this means you won’t have to put chemicals on your house continually. Raw bark siding has an aesthetically appealing, rustic look, which is very popular among today’s homeowners.
What are the specifications of bark siding?
Bark siding is generally cut into shingles that are between ¾ of an inch and 1 ½ inches thick, and 18 inches to 26 inches long. The exact size of the shingles you ultimately buy will depend on the look you’re going for and the height of your home’s exterior walls. Some people choose to use varying heights and lengths of shingles for visual interest; your installation specialist will be able to help you figure out what will work best for your house.
How is bark siding installed?
When installing bark siding, the first step is to attach a wood kicker strip to the bottom of each exterior wall. This will ensure that the siding has the angle/tilt you want; it also prevents the shingles from touching the ground, which is something that should be avoided. Before nailing any bark shingles to the wall, a roofing membrane and flashing need to be installed.
Once this prep work is done, the shingles can start going up. Coated framing nails should be used to install this type of siding. Each nail should be no less than an inch from the edge of any given shingle; they should also be placed on the bark’s ridges to avoid future warping. Corners are the toughest part of any siding project but can be even harder when using bark shingles, as opposed to vinyl siding. This is why it’s important to let a professional handle the job.
The Hatch Homes team would love to take-on your wood siding project. We take great pride in doing beautiful siding projects for clients throughout the Carolinas. If you’re looking to upgrade the appearance of your house with new siding in the near future, call us today to schedule a consultation!