In the past few years, solid wood siding has become highly regarded once again, after having lost market share to synthetics. This increase in popularity can be explained, in particular, by the numerous improvements made by manufacturers to their range of siding. These improvements include the moulding of their profiles, the durability of the stain applied as a finish and significant upgrading of the quality of the fibre used.
The higher quality of the products with regard to these various aspects is not unrelated to the increase in wood siding sales. However, over and above all the major improvements that have been made by manufacturers, there is still a crucial step to be taken: very careful and proper installation of the product on the building concerned.
To help architects, designers and any other construction professionals interested in installing this type of siding, FPInnovations recently published the Guide des meilleures pratiques d’installation du revêtement extérieur en bois—a guide to the best practices in installing solid wood exterior siding. This publication, produced through the collaborative efforts of the major manufacturers and dealers of solid wood siding, describes in detail the various steps involved in preparation, installation and maintenance of the material, in addition to the advantages of using wood for exterior siding and the conditions for its sustainability.
The full guide (in French) is available free of charge on FPInnovations’ website; a practical guide on such use at worksites will soon be released as well.