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Feb 01, 2023

The Top Five Wood Siding Species

Blog Category: Siding

Wood is one of the most popular siding options available in the U.S. Known for its distinct appearance and natural durability, wood siding is an excellent choice for those looking to enhance their curb appeal with stunning, natural details. While you may be set on using wood siding for your...

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Aug 24, 2022

What is Board and Batten Siding?

Blog Category: Siding

Board and Batten siding is a classic siding that can be found on old barns and houses all throughout Montana and the entire U.S. It is a style that has stood the test of time and one that is now making a comeback as a trendy, contemporary siding option. So...

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Jul 27, 2022

Project Planning: Replacing Your Wood Siding

Blog Category: Project Inspiration, Siding

Homeowners often dread when major home maintenance projects hang over their heads. But that doesn’t have to be the case with proper project planning. When the time comes to replace your home’s siding, you can take care of the project step by step, ensuring a finished product you love. Here’s...

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Jul 13, 2022

5 Reasons to Choose Shiplap Siding

Blog Category: Siding

Shiplap is classic – this style of joinery dates all the way back to the 15th century. But it has also swelled in popularity in recent years to become a bit of a movement, even a buzzword, in design and construction. So, what’s all the hubbub about? Here are just...

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Mar 23, 2022

Why Shiplap Siding is the Choice Siding for Your Custom Home

Blog Category: Siding

Siding is the shell of a building and is often one of the first things people notice about your home. There are many things to consider when choosing a siding for your home, including energy efficiency, longevity, style, and maintenance. Choosing siding for custom homes can be especially tricky...

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Dec 29, 2021

Paneling Products for Your Next Winter Project

Blog Category: Project Inspiration, Siding

Looking for a project to keep you busy this winter? Accent walls are the perfect winter project that can quickly transform an entire room. Natural wood paneling is a beautiful option that will make your interior feel warm and welcoming and can enhance almost any style of home. At Marks...

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Dec 22, 2021

How to Properly Finish Wood Siding

Blog Category: Siding

Natural wood siding is a beautiful and eco-friendly siding option that, in many cases, is fairly easy to install. However, when installing natural wood siding, special attention must be paid to the priming and finishing process. Properly finishing natural wood siding will not only increase the life of the...

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Dec 01, 2021

Tongue and Groove Paneling Terminology, Decoded

Blog Category: Siding, How To

If you haven’t had much (or any) building experience, wood product terminology can be pretty confusing. Though it may not seem necessary for the average person to understand the jargon, it does become important when it comes time to select material for your next home project. At Marks Lumber...

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Sep 29, 2021

Why Rocky Mountain Douglas Fir Makes Excellent Wood Products

Blog Category: Flooring, Circle Sawn Lumber, Siding, Decking, Sustainable Lumber Practices, Timber Frame

At Marks Lumber, we manufacture high-quality, circle-sawn lumber, timbers, siding, and flooring – all from locally-grown Douglas fir timber. Rocky Mountain Douglas fir is a wonderful choice for many different projects due to its natural durability, beautiful appearance, and availability. But what exactly makes Douglas fir such an excellent material...

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Sep 15, 2021

Wood: The Way of the Future

Blog Category: Circle Sawn Lumber, Siding, Lumber Process, Sustainable Lumber Practices, Timber Frame

Wood products are no longer a thing of the past. In fact, many say this renewable resource is the future of the building products industry. This is not only due to product innovations but also new research highlighting the environmental, physiological, and economic benefits of using wood products. The...

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Sep 01, 2021

What Contractors Can Expect From Working With Marks Lumber

Blog Category: Flooring, Circle Sawn Lumber, Siding, Lumber Process, Decking, Sustainable Lumber Practices

At Marks Lumber, we've been partnering with both residential and commercial building contractors for decades. When homeowners and investors are looking for sustainable circle sawn materials, many of their hired contractors come to Marks Lumber - Montana's trusted supplier for circle sawn lumber, timbers, flooring, and siding. With years of...

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Aug 11, 2021

Three Unique Ways to Use Board and Batten Siding

Blog Category: Project Inspiration, Circle Sawn Lumber, Siding

Board and batten siding is one of the most popular wood siding options out there. It is highly versatile and works well for various types of homes, shops, barns, and exterior accents. Board and batten is a great way to add depth to your home and is an excellent choice...

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Jul 28, 2021

Everything You Need to Know About Waney Edge Siding

Blog Category: Siding

Waney edge siding – also called wavy edge or live edge siding – is incredibly popular in the Rocky Mountain region for its unique look. A waney edge is a natural log edge that has not been cut into a straight line. Always applied horizontally, waney edge siding lends...

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Jun 30, 2021

How to Use A Rustic Grade Siding

Blog Category: Siding

Rustic siding options are an economical way to side cabins and outbuildings. They can be a great option to consider when looking for a no-fuss protective barrier for your next project. At Marks Lumber, we carry two different product grades for siding, paneling, and flooring: Grade 2 and better...

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May 12, 2021

Sustainability Benefits of Using Wood in Your Home

Blog Category: Siding, Sustainable Lumber Practices

Sustainability isn’t just a buzzword. Using sustainable materials like wood helps protect our planet, and it can also protect you from high energy costs in your home. When planning your build, the sustainability benefits of incorporating wood are clear. Here are a few ways that using wood in your home...

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May 05, 2021

Should You Paint or Stain Wood Siding?

Blog Category: Siding

Once you've chosen a product for your exterior siding material, your decisions don't stop there. Your next step is to decide what type of finish to use for your wood siding. We've already discussed the importance of properly finishing wood siding, including how essential pre-finishing is to help protect the...

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Mar 31, 2021

When's the Right Time to Replace Your Siding?

Blog Category: Siding

A home is one of the biggest investments most people make, so it makes sense to protect it and maintain a happy space for your family to grow. Your siding acts like the skin of your house, and when it isn't up to snuff, it can quickly impact the integrity...

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Feb 10, 2021

Why Choose Wood Siding- The Contractor Edition

Blog Category: Siding

Wood siding is a tried and true favorite for upscale homes, resorts, and commercial buildings alike. A crowd-favorite in the Rocky Mountain region and beyond, the homey and cozy qualities of wood siding are highly sought-after. While the popularity of vinyl and fiber cement sidings still thrives for their minimal...

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Jan 13, 2021

Save On a Shiplap Siding Package from Marks Lumber

Blog Category: Siding

Marks Lumber is now offering 5% off your shiplap siding package with the purchase of 500 square feet of 1x8x8 or 1x8x10 shiplap through February 28th! Shiplap is a wonderful option for anyone looking for a traditional siding option that’s easy to install and stands the test of time. You...

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Dec 16, 2020

Why Choose Shiplap Siding

Blog Category: Siding

If you’re looking to boost your home’s curb appeal and increase the value of your home, shiplap siding is a simple and affordable way to go. Shiplap is a classic siding option that has been around for hundreds of years. Its notable lasting power has been attributed to both...

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