Take a drive through your neighborhood and notice the exteriors of the homes on your street. Which ones stand out to you? Which ones have withstood the test of time and Utah’s weather? Chances are, some homes have endured better than others.

The right siding can make all the difference when it comes to the curb appeal and staying power of your home. Depending on which direction your home faces, the best siding for you may be different than the best siding for your next-door neighbor. To choose the right materials for your home’s exterior, rely on the experts at Burbach Companies. We can take you through every step of the design process, all the way to installation.

Natural Wood vs Engineered Wood Siding

You can get the look you want for your new build or remodeling project with natural or engineered wood siding. There are benefits to each, and here are the differences:

Natural Wood

Real wood siding can be spruced from a variety of trees, offering unique colors, textures, and grains. Natural wood can be painted or stained to get the desired color and finish on the product. It can last up to 40 years, making it an economical investment.

Engineered Wood

Engineered wood is man-made, and is a composite of wood materials. As a result, it is often less expensive than natural wood siding. They can be smooth or textured to mimic real wood and can come in a variety of colors. Engineered wood siding may last up to 30 years.

Benefits of Natural Wood Siding

For siding repair, renovations, or new construction, Burbach creates timeless curb appeal with natural wood products. We work with both residential and commercial projects, and consider the benefits of natural wood siding as follows:

It’s Versatile

Natural wood can be processed to offer a rustic or modern appearance. It can be customized with texture and color to get whatever look you’re going for with your design. You can choose from a variety of wood products, and have clapboard, shingle, or wood lap siding. Popular natural wood siding options include:

  • Cedar
  • Cypress
  • Fir
  • Maple
  • Oak
  • Pine
  • Redwood
  • Spruce

It’s Timeless

There’s a reason why other materials try to mimic the look of wood; it’s a classic, timeless building material that never goes out of style. When installed correctly by the skilled team at Burbach Companies, natural wood siding can increase your home’s value no matter what style you choose.

Easy Maintenance

Wood siding can be repaired or replaced pretty easily. If there’s a crack, a hole, or warping, the right tools can bring the siding back to its original state. With other siding options, sometimes an entire panel has to be removed in order to fix one small imperfection. You can avoid this hassle with wood siding. To preserve natural wood exteriors, they should be cleaned every 4 to 6 years, and a coat of new paint or stain can be applied every 3 to 5 years. 

It’s Eco-Friendly

Wood is a renewable and biodegradable building material. If you’re doing a remodel of your home, your existing wood siding can be mulched, or upcycled into another project. It never has to end up in a landfill. You can invest in sustainably sourced wood or that which is locally produced to reduce your impact on the environment when building or remodeling. 

Natural Pest Deterrents

Some types of wood are natural pest deterrents. Bugs don’t usually like redwood or cedar, so those can be good choices for keeping creepy crawlers away from your siding.


You can invest in Class A fire-rated wood shingles that are treated with fire-resistant chemicals. This doesn’t make your home fire-proof, but it can minimize the damage compared to untreated wood.

Even small wood accents can refresh and define the look of your home or business. Burbach is here to walk you through the design process, from rendering to installation. If we can help you enhance curb appeal and your home’s first line of defense against the elements, give us a call at 801-683-2122 today, or schedule a free consultation and estimate HERE. Burbach Companies is committed to making your vision a reality.