The antique look of wood siding and the accompanying boost to curb appeal render such siding appealing to many homeowners. However, there are environmental threats ready to suck the life out of your wood siding. Of all of the things that affect the lifespan of wood siding, moisture and water are probably the two of which you need to be most aware.

The good news, though, is that there are many more ways for you to protect your wood siding. The best treatments for wood siding include paint, oil or staining. All of these finishes will work in a similar, effective way; so, the determining factor in your choice is a matter of aesthetic preference.

wood siding1. Oil
Oil is a clear wood finish that is absorbed into the wood. It fills up the pores and void in the wood and helps to eliminate the possibility that water may become trapped in the wood.

2. Oil Stain
Oil stain is essentially the same option as oil. The only difference is that a color pigment is included in the oil.

3. Paint
Paint works in the same way as wood stain. It penetrates the wood and fills up the pores and air spaces in the wood siding. Additionally, paint leaves a durable, waterproof coat on the surface of the wood.

Ease of Application

Of the methods of wood siding preservation discussed above, oil is easier to apply than paint. This makes oil the best preservative for do-it-yourself home remodelers. Furthermore, a clear oil coating leaves painting mistakes less pronounced. Oil stain, on the other hand, contains pigmentation that renders errors more conspicuous and complicates its application. There is, however, an advantage to the pigment, which filters out ultraviolet rays from the sun that might otherwise have damaged the wood.


Oil is not as durable as paint. With time, it will evaporate and require another coating. However, when you are considering durability as a factor, it is also important to keep in mind that, unlike paint, oil and oil stain do not chip or blister.

When all is said and done, the choice of a preservative for your wood siding depends heavily on consideration of tradeoffs and personal preferences.