With summer finally here, there’s never been a better time to upgrade your home’s curb appeal. One of the best ways to affordably improve the look of any home is by adding siding. Whether that siding is reclaimed, brand new, real, or faux— it’s sure to impress from all angles. 

When it comes to real wood siding, there are so many different options to weigh in terms of quality, function, and looks. Below, we’ll discuss the main differences between species and aim to give some clarity to which may be best for your own projects. 


Tried, true, and tested: cedar never disappoints. Cedar is one of those materials that consistently impresses and continually proves itself decade after decade. It is naturally resistant to harsh environmental elements, pests, rot, and decay. When it comes to a material suited for the exterior walls of a home, cedar is always a solid choice.

Not to mention, cedar is an incredibly beautiful wood species. It has brilliant grains and rich coloring, perfect for any curb appeal. It comes in many different siding profiles to choose from. Whether you want the traditional look of tongue and groove or something more iconically unique like shingles, cedar does it all. 

Pine & Beetle Kill

Our next most popular siding profiles are usually composed of pine wood. Pine is another naturally gorgeous material with light hues and delicate wood grains. It is a bit more affordable than traditional cedar materials, but definitely packs a punch in terms of quality.

Beetle Kill Pine is a customer-favorite for siding. It features blueish-gray coloring and unique grains. It’s an awesome choice for those looking to stand out and try something new. The blue coloring looks great on entrances to homes and accent walls. When it comes to quality with unique elements, beetle kill is the way to go.

In terms of quality, pine is a great material for a durable and reliable coverage on a home. When compared to other materials like cedar and exotic hardwoods, it is not as high-quality but is definitely worth it for the low costs. With a quick stain or coat of sealant, these materials will last for decades.

Exotic Hardwoods

When it comes to exterior siding, exotic hardwoods are the best of the best. These materials are sourced from some of the most sought-after forests in the world and are the pinnacle of quality and luxury. 

Some of our favorites are Ipe, Tigerwood, and Mahogany. These are great materials to use on the exterior of any home given their natural resistance to harsh environmental conditions Not to mention, these are some of the most beautiful wood species in the world. Their natural rich coloring and beloved wood grain are what make these materials so well-known. 

At Rocky Mountain Reclaimed, we also supply a wide range of other options like Aspen and other, lesser-known species to take advantage of. When it comes to exterior siding, there are endless opportunities. For more information or to get a quote from one of our sales representatives today, contact us here.