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July 12, 2023

Bark Siding Problems You Should Be Aware Of

bark siding problems

Bark siding provides a distinctive rustic aesthetic for your home's exterior walls, yet comes with its own set of issues you must consider before choosing this style for your property.

Indigenous Americans used bark from chestnut trees (now nearly extinct due to chestnut blight) to cover their homes with. Today we use responsibly harvested hand peeled tulip poplar bark in order to produce bark shingles that have been kiln dried for use as roof covering.

1. It’s Expensive

Wood-cladding such as bark siding adds rustic charm to any home, but at a steep cost. Material costs, labor fees and annual upkeep fees quickly accumulate leaving homeowners with an overwhelming bill for materials, labor and upkeep services.

Poplar bark siding provides an eco-friendly alternative to conventional cladding materials. Harvested from Southern Tulip Poplar trees found throughout the Appalachian Mountains, its bark can be removed by using chainsaws before being flattened and kiln-dried for reduced moisture content.

Poplar bark siding is an eco-friendly choice that does not involve toxic chemicals in its creation and has a low embodied carbon factor; this means it produces less greenhouse gas emissions over its lifetime than synthetic alternatives like vinyl. Therefore, it makes an ideal option for any homeowner who prioritizes sustainability within their home.

2. It Warps

Bark siding gives homes a rustic charm that many appreciate; however, it does come with drawbacks. One major drawback with bark cladding is that it tends to warp due to extreme temperature fluctuations and moisture damage; this problem can cause bowing drywall, cracked plaster and nail walls and pest infestation issues for homeowners.

Natural wood cladding can become warped due to variations in humidity and temperature, so kiln drying before installation is key to its performance and is important in heat sterilizing against fungal spores and insect larvae, while helping prevent warping or shrinkage once installed.

Homeowners opt for bark siding to add a natural element to the exterior of their home, but if its upkeep proves cumbersome, they might find other options more suitable - wood-look alternatives offer similar aesthetics with less maintenance requirements.

3. It Fades

Bark siding creates the ideal blend of rustic charm and elegance in any home, but it comes with some drawbacks. There are other wood-look alternatives that provide all of its aesthetic benefits without all of its associated maintenance needs.

Natural bark siding deteriorates over time due to UV rays from the sun's UV rays, leaving your home looking old and disappetizing. Over time, its color fades gradually leaving it looking unattractive compared to when first installed. When this occurs it leaves your house looking outdated. As time goes on the color will become increasingly unattractive until eventually your entire house appears faded and outdated. The main culprit behind its degeneration are paint degrading due to UV exposure; with each degraded layer becoming less vibrant as its original hue has faded further over time leaving its color loss permanently compared to when first installed!

Mildewcides and preservatives can help keep their homes from discoloration, but this step is unnecessary. Kiln heat will kill any bugs present; therefore there's no need for bug treatments either. By adding poplar bark cladding to your mountain cabin, it will allow you to connect more deeply with nature without incurring costly and hazardous chemical costs.

4. It’s Not Versatile

Bark siding creates an elegant yet rustic aesthetic for homes, yet homeowners are beginning to recognize its many drawbacks and are opting for alternatives that are simpler and won't create hassle for themselves like wood or bark do.

Homeowners looking for an almost maintenance-free material should consider fiber cement. It can withstand moisture and extreme weather changes, making it an excellent way to save time with upkeep tasks.

Traditional wood siding requires annual sanding, staining and painting that can add up over time. But an alternative like stucco or fiber cement may last 50 years without needing these extra treatments, plus being better for the environment - no chemicals runoff! Instead, your building can blend naturally into the surrounding landscape.

5. It’s Expensive

Bark siding adds rustic charm and elegance to homes, yet can be costly to maintain and repair if damaged or deteriorated. Repair costs could become prohibitively expensive for some families; alternatively they might choose other forms of cladding instead.

Poplar tree bark is an eco-friendly and biodegradable material, offering a sustainable natural alternative to synthetic products with chemicals and preservatives that may enter our ground or water supplies.

Homeowners looking to use bark siding should first kiln dry it before installing, to ensure it has been heat sterilized against fungal spores and insect larvae that could potentially harm their home's structure and/or be eaten by insects, which could further cause damage. As an alternative solution, homeowners could try opting for rot-resistant wood trim pieces instead to achieve the same look for less money.