Engineered Wood Siding vs Wood Siding

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An engineered wood siding is made of composite wood which is manufactured by adhering various strands and fibers of wood together. Engineered wood is more commonly known as plywood and each design is made to meet certain standards of application.

Wood sidings are made using regular wood which is also called solid wood. Solid wood is often a key point when advertising the sale of sidings because the overall perception is that solid wood is better than engineered wood. Let’s take a look at some comparisons between them.


One of the biggest advantages of solid vs. engineered wood is that it is considered to have a better appearance. Engineered wood usually comes with overlays such as Formica or vinyl to enhance their appearance but many people consider natural wood as the better-looking option. Natural wood can also be coated with lacquer which will produce a more polished matte or high-gloss finish.


The most significant disadvantage of solid wood sidings is their cost. Engineered wood sidings can be made out of recycled wood or waste material such as sawdust. They can also be constructed from scratch to exact specifications which make them very cost effective. Solid wood requires large sections of wood from trees that don’t have defects.


Engineered wood sidings are prone to accelerated fungus growth due to high humidity absorbed with its fibers. Even the smallest infiltrations can lead to discomposure of the organic fibers contained in plywood such as hemp. Solid wood is a stronger material to work with, as water infiltrations won’t affect its integrity as much as it can on engineered wood siding.