15-20 Minute Assessments

Wood Siding

Cedar, redwood, cypress, and pine are common sidings. Wood siding is usually installed over a vapor barrier that keeps moisture from collecting in the wall.

While wood is somewhat high maintenance, problems are usually easy to spot and fix. Be vigilant about water, mold, and pests. Sealing is key. Wood expands and contracts, so proper installation and repair are extra important.


Every spring and fall

Repair and replacement costs

Typical Costs

  • Repair: $600 – $2,400
  • Replace: $7,000 – $23,000

Life span


50 years

Steps to Assess Your Stove


Step 1: If your siding is painted, look for bubbled, peeling, or chipping paint. If not, look for water stains. Anywhere you see these problems, check for rot. If there’s none, apply new paint, stain, or another sealant. If there is rot, replace the piece of damaged siding, then paint or stain.


Step 2: Check for missing, cracked, buckled, split, or otherwise damaged siding. Water can seep through even small cracks. Repair or replace damaged siding right away.


Step 3: Remove anything growing on the siding. Moss, lichen, mold, and vines can damage wood. Make sure shrubs are trimmed back at least 6 inches from your walls.


Step 4: Check yearly for signs of wood-eating insects. Some of the signs are sawdust, small holes in your siding, or a hollow sound when you tap on the siding. If you’re concerned, call an expert to do a professional inspection.