When considering the finish of your wood siding, trim, fencing, and decking there are many factors that come into play to achieve the best possible results. Beauty and longevity are always the key outcome. To get both you must consider the type of finish and the type of surface it will be applied to.

There are many textures to consider based on the style and appearance you are trying to achieve. Above are just some of the many available. A wire brushed texture, raises, and accentuates the natural grain of the wood. True grit texture is a nice subtle 24 grit sanded texture that does not stand out but gives the finish a great surface to adhere to. Full rough and re-sawn textures give a great rustic aesthetic while also providing a perfect surface for your finish.

When choosing the best product and color to finish your project with, you will likely have to decide whether to use an oil-based finish or a water-based finish. Here in Colorado water-based finishes are becoming more and more the norm. With that said, it is important to understand the pros and cons of water-based finishes and how to get the most out of it. Water based finishes can last longer, dry faster, and be much better for the environment, but have a little more trouble penetrating the wood than oil-based finishes, so it is important to give the finish something to grab on to. Therefore, adding some texture to the surface of the wood can help increase the performance of the finish.

As long as water-based stains are applied correctly, and on an optimum surface, they can last longer, retain their color better, and resist harsh UV rays. Since water-based stains are more breathable than oil based, water retention is not as big of a concern which will help reduce the chances of mold and mildew forming. Another great benefit is that water-based stains are more environmentally friendly then it’s oil-based counterpart and an added bonus is that harmful solvents are not need for application or cleanup.

Here at Specialty Wood Products, we offer a full line of wire brushed wood siding pre-finished in 14 stunning colors. Our New Age Rustic line consists of Select Tight Knot Cedar that is wire brushed to bring out the beautiful grain patterns. We then finish all four sides with 2 coats of high-quality water-based stain. Our New Age Modern line starts with stunning Clear Vertical Grain Hemlock, which is then wire brushed, and finished with 2 coats of water-based finish on all four sides. We believe that the combination of a nicely textured surface and a high-quality water-based finish can produce a beautiful and long-lasting exterior siding product. We also match timbers, soffit, and decking in all New Age colors.

Please check out the New Age portion of our website or contact your SWP sales representative today for more information on the many textures and stain options available for your next project.

Call toll free at 800-760-8484 or locally at 303-288-8484.