Exterior siding & trim has changed radically in the last decade. The old 4-inch vinyl siding that ripples, fades, and peels away from surfaces in high winds is no longer the standard. New slick, engineered wood composite siding has finally hit its stride, with no more worries about warping, rotting, swelling, or discoloration. These engineered sidings are made to withstand the semi-arid climes of Wyoming, winter through summer, freeze through thaw, year after year.
Manufacturers such as LP SmartSide have mastered the art of engineered siding that’s impervious to moisture and weathering. SmartSide’s end product is a composite that’s superior to wood alone, with each wood strand coated in zinc borate—a useful flame retardant and fungicide. Formed with MDI resins—sustainable and formaldehyde-free—and marine waxes, the composite siding protects against water damage, termites, and fungal decay. It’s designed to stand up to impacts—like the hailstorms that roll down out of the Laramie Mountains—and claims to do it better than vinyl, fiber cement, aluminum, or even steel. That’s significant when you consider that a place such as Cheyenne gets on average 10 hailstorms a year.
Composite wood siding & trim comes in a variety of styles, sizes, and applications to match any architectural motif. Finishes range from smooth to a rich cedar-grain profile. It looks like premium clear wood and cuts like wood too, yet there’s less waste because every piece is perfectly milled. Lengths are long, meaning fewer joints and a more uniform facade. Compared to its other close competitor—fiber cement products—composite wood siding is lighter and easier to work with.
Whether you’re thinking of building a home in a new development or you’re building that dream ranch out in the country, there’s an application to suit your needs. You can do an entire house or structure in wood composite siding or pair it to complement stone, brick, stucco, or another style or pattern of engineered siding. The options are endless.
- Lap siding is often used for an elegant facade. Boards run horizontally with a slight overlap that provides dimension.
- Panel siding offers durable woodgrain features with a consistent depth to cover a sizable area.
- Trim and fascia options are extensive, allowing you to use the same durable materials to highlight porches, pillars, or other areas of architectural interest for the greatest functionality and impact.
- Vertical siding provides options for greater depth and interest with a board-and-batten look.
- Soffit maintains the continuity of design by carrying the feel of woodgrain right down to the last detail. Bug-resistant matching soffit comes in precut widths.
- Cedar texture shakes add the irregular toothy charm of the originals but come in lap panels for easy, uniform installation. Use them for an entire exterior, for contrast, or for an area you want to highlight.
- Perfection shingle lends a more modern, even rhythm to the patterning and style of cedar shakes.
From colors to a real cedar finish, engineered wood composite siding is more than siding. It’s a full suite of products that lets you mix, match, and design until you get that just-right exterior flair that makes your home yours. It’s a perfect solution for nature lovers—whether it’s the earthy hues of Yellowstone, the verdant shades of Medicine Bow’s lodgepole pines, or the earth and sky of Thunder Basin National Grasslands. It’s wood that’s better than wood. Explore your options. Then visit or call our Builders FirstSource location in Cody and let our experienced consultants help you get started.