Grooved Plywood Siding vs Wood Lap Siding

There are many different types of siding that are used in home building, including different styles of plywood siding and other wood siding. Each one has its own advantages and disadvantages. Here is a comparison of grooved plywood siding and wood lap siding.

Wood Lap Siding

This has been used in home building for many years. Wood lap siding is a category of wood siding where the lines in the wood grain are horizontal. You can get it in woods such as cedar, redwood, pine and evergreen. It is common, inexpensive and is simple to put on. It does, however, need maintenance that other types don’t, such as pest control treatments to keep off ants and termites. Wood is also a very green alternative, as it is a resource that grows itself and it is biodegradable. It can also be painted any color the homeowner desires. Wood lap siding can be bought in several different styles, either seasoned or non-seasoned wood, and can be purchased in either a smooth or textured surface.

Grooved Plywood Siding

Plywood siding is very low cost and can be put on a home very quickly and simply. Grooved plywood siding has the outside surface of each piece cut into grooves to make it look like vertical siding. Plywood siding usually comes in sheets or boards, but sheets cost less.

Bottom line is that both are easy to install, low cost and come in different styles, but wood lap is thicker and stronger than most plywood siding, so it is a better choice.