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!
Now that you understand the different grades of pine, what you also need to know is that pine has knots and…
What it actually is, are the tannins and resins of the wood trying to escape.
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.
- Shellac knots
- Oil prime all sides
- Latex prime exposed surfaces
- Apply top-coat to all sides
- Apply 2nd top-coat to exposed surfaces
- 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!