Cedar Siding & Mushroom Wood Door

With clear cedar siding coated with a beautiful semi-transparent stain, this house was trimmed with custom millwork coated in a pale sage green to pick up the tones of the siding. We  custom made the reclaimed Mushroom Wood door and it contrasts perfectly!

pine flooring in bedroom

What’s the Diff?

If you call us for a quote for Eastern White Pine siding for your home or business we can present you with two general options. We can use the same stuff that you can get at any lumberyard. Let’s call that the “good enough stuff”. We’ll call the other option our recommended option, the “good stuff”. It’s Adirondack pine.

Being that they’re both the same species how different could they be?

As different as a stale grocery store chocolate chip cookie vs. one of Grandmas homemade cookies still warm from the oven. Both are worth eating, but it’s a different experience. 

As a company hoping to impress you with our professionalism and highfalutin knowledge… Here’s a chart! 

Behold…

Now that you understand the different grades of pine, what you also need to know is that pine has knots and…[/vc_column_text]

Knots Bleed.

What it actually is, are the tannins and resins of the wood trying to escape. 

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Knot so bad

Good’nuff Stuff

The Good Stuff!

Nature is a wonderful thing and it will almost always win, but there is a way to help prevent those pesky knots from bleeding.

First and foremost get a high-quality pine, like our Adirondack Pine. Less moisture content in the wood equals less knot bleed. That’s worth saying again… less moisture = less knot bleed.

The drier pine will cost slightly more. We definitely think it’s worth it.

Secondly, follow this sequence when coating (painting) knotty pine siding.  In our years of experience, we’ve found this to be the best practice.

  1. Shellac knots
  2. Oil prime all sides
  3. Latex prime exposed surfaces
  4. Apply top-coat to all sides
  5. Apply 2nd top-coat to exposed surfaces
  6. Apply final top-coat after installation

 

*Please keep in mind that we will provide any and all of these services in our coatings department as requested. Why DIY when we can save you time and money?  Let us do the hard part!

We hope this sheds some light on the quality levels of Eastern White Pine and helps you to make the best decision for your upcoming projects. And let’s help those poor knots from bleeding!

Siding: More Than Just a Pretty Coat

As we head into the warm months of summer, an annual inspection to see how your home withstood the harsh winter conditions is something any homeowner should do. Check the garage, the porch and most importantly your house. If your siding has seen better days… And if painting it will only be a short term cover-up…

…then you should consider replacing your homes protective layer (your siding) because we all know that siding is more than just a pretty winter coat.

 

When looking for new siding, the problem you face is simple. Siding is supposed to protect your home from the outside! It has to withstand the harsh conditions here in our area. It gets rained on, snowed on (sometimes with a crazy 30 inches or more) during those harsh winter storms, it has to hold its ground against sleet and sometimes even hail. The sun also burns down on it during our hot and humid summers.

image:Nova Wood

Why do people want siding that tries to imitate the look of wood instead of using the real deal? The timeless, classic look, smell, and texture of real wood just feels right. As we come full circle and see the need to be eco-conscious making “greener choices” helps us to live healthier. Wood is the perfect ecologically friendly type of siding.

image: K.Warren Builders

A huge advantage of wood is that it is readily available and can be installed quickly. Another one is that wood siding is easily replaced if it becomes damaged. With wood, homeowners could take care of repairs themselves, saving time and money. Wood can easily transform your home and can be painted or stained almost any color. It should be painted, stained or varnished on every side (not just the side facing out) to protect it from the elements and from insects too. Insect and water damage are two of the largest disadvantages of wood, but these problems can be overcome by good maintenance and the homeowner’s choice of wood.

Therefore, we would like to point to WESTERN RED CEDAR (WRC) as an exceptional choice for exterior siding. WRC is super lightweight, easy to work with, and it is naturally resistant to moisture, decay and insect damage. Yes, this type of wood is eco-friendly, decay-resistant and offers natural protection against the weather. Insects find certain chemicals naturally present in Cedar to be distasteful. And when maintained properly, this product has excellent longevity.

Western Red Cedar has a beautiful warm grain and the ability to take a variety of coatings (stains, primers, and topcoats). One tip to protect your wood is to prime and coat it the first time prior to installing it. Make sure you follow the instructions for the application because applying it under conditions that are not preferable may cause problems with the coating. At Excelsior, we can provide you with the wood and even better, we can coat it for you to a factory finish, ready for installation. All under one roof.

So, do it right, make your decision to go with natural wood and you will not only get the look you want, but you will feel good knowing you are being eco-friendly while giving your home the protection it needs.


Most of us have a limiting factor: the price point. Excelsior has other options that are more budget-friendly. If you want real wood and have a tighter budget than WRC will allow, let us show you some of the other options available. We also have some unique options available from reclaimed wood to tropical hardwoods.

Check out our siding page!

Project of the Month: Stone Ridge White Home

There is nothing we love more than new home construction season. Except, maybe, the opportunity to shoot the new homes that feature some of our products!

This Stone Ridge beauty features some of our favorite exterior Excelsior products, and some of the most popular ones to be exact.

The majority of the home is covered in Eastern White Pine, Novelty Siding.

Known as a classic in the siding industry, Novelty Siding is a profile that allows for more definition in the texture of your siding, as opposed to some other standard profiles.

The customer’s Board and Batten on the interior porch lines up beautifully with Excelsior’s Red Balau Decking.

Warm red and brown tones glow through each plank, playing especially well with the crisp white siding.

If you look above at the exterior ceilings, you can see our Southern Yellow Pine beadboard material.

Along with milled finished products, Excelsior is known for supplying raw material needed for construction details, such as trim and door framing.

Though the grass has not yet grown around this stunning home, the trees and plants around the property were just as photographable.

And they made the perfect props for our shots!

For the love of wood.