The Basics on Bark Siding

Bark siding is known both for its durability and its natural look that blends with wooded surroundings.
completed bark siding installation

completed bark siding installation

Bark siding, installed

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Chestnut bark was once a popular choice for home siding, until a blight killed off nearly the entire species in North America in the 1940s. Today, poplar bark is a top choice and provides rustic beauty as well as effective protection from the elements.

To harvest the bark, a kerf, or groove, is cut down the length of a newly cut log, and the bark is actually pried and peeled off. The curved bark is then stacked, flattened and air-dried. When the bark siding is applied, a vapor barrier placed behind it helps prevent moisture buildup and deterioration.

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