Create That Authentic Wood Cabin Look with Low Maintenance

Is your cottage exterior in need of a little love? Old real wood cabins may have looked nice in their day, but without proper care and maintenance, they become rundown over time. Luckily there’s a way to keep the charm of a real wood cabin without the high maintenance and associated costs. There are specialty siding products you can invest in that are made to mimic real wood, but are crafted with stronger, more durable, and maintenance-free materials.

Here’s a rundown of our new woodgrain siding products to help you create that authentic wood cabin look without the maintenance!

1 Sagiper Siding

Sagiper siding is loved for its aesthetics, durability, solar shield technology and low maintenance. With two main products, SAGIWALL and SAGIREV, you have great options to choose from for your wood cabin. SAGIREV is a highly durable exterior vinyl coating that offers high resistance to UV rays, water absorption and humidity, plus it’s impenetrable to insects.

SAGIWALL is a maintenance-free PVC tongue and groove panel wrapped in highly durable vinyl coating. With a low expansion and contraction coefficient, it’s ideal for the weather fluctuations we experience across North America. Sagiper siding is ideal for high humidity areas, absorbing over 97% UV radiation, and eliminating any fading and discolouration. Made with highly durable exterior polymer film, Sagiper siding repels dirt and is incredibly easy to clean!

2. Distinction Siding

Distinction siding is beautiful and uses nuanced paint that replicates the look of real wood, without any of the upkeep. It’s made from high strength steel and offers a high-performance paint system available in three series of colours: Wood Series, Nuanced Wood Series and Granite Series. The paint is rust-resistance, providing long-term, unmatched durability, and you can install the planks horizontally or vertically, depending on the look you’re hoping to achieve.

3. Longboard Siding

Longboard siding provides the richness and beauty of real wood, with zero long-term maintenance. You can rest easy knowing you don’t have to worry about repairing, staining, painting or replacing your siding ever again. It won’t rot, warp, peel or fade and it’s impervious to insects.

Available in a wide range of woodgrain and solid colour finishes, Longboard siding is resistant to weathering in colour and gloss retention. As a plus, it’s amazing for the environment. There are no toxic air pollutants released during manufacturing, and there’s no waste or runoff during application. It’s 100% recyclable and 98% of the overspray is reusable, so you can enjoy its beauty knowing your cabin exterior is sustainable!

If you want the gorgeous look of real wood for your cabin renovation but aren’t keen on the maintenance, these three options can give you exactly what you’re looking for!

Choosing Sides: A Buyer’s Guide to Exterior Choices

Gentek_Blog 2.56.08 PMAside from brick and stone, there are several other home exterior siding options. With 50 years of manufacturing experience, Gentek is well-equipped to offer you this primer, designed to help you choose what type of exterior cladding is best for you, or better understand the type you already have.

Vinyl Siding:  Made from PVC (polyvinyl chloride), vinyl siding is inexpensive, durable and needs little maintenance. It is available in a wide range of colours, including darker, richer tones, and does not fade excessively. Technology has significantly improved the quality of vinyl siding, a big part of the reason it is the number one exterior cladding choice across Canada and the United States.

Aluminum Siding: Aluminum siding became popular after WWII but in the past couple of decades has become a less common choice. It is not as durable as vinyl siding as it can dent, scratch and fade.  A plus is that it can be repainted using oil-based paint.

Polymer Siding: Made from polypropylene resin, polymer siding utilizes an injection molding process that enables the final product to have a highly defined three-dimensional pattern in a variety of styles, sizes and colours. It has become quite popular in the past decade, both for accent and whole-home siding. It is now available in profiles that mimic stone and brick, as well as the ‘shake and shingle’ look. Gentek offers polymer siding by both Novik ( and Foundry (

Composite Siding: Composite siding can be constructed from a wide variety of materials and made to look like wood. It has become very popular over the last 20 years, with the most popular composite siding known as ‘fiber cement.’ Manufacturers claim it can withstand rain, hail and wind. It is available in a wide variety of colours. On the downside, composite siding is very heavy, which makes it difficult to install. It also has surface irregularities and is a poor thermal conductor.

Stucco: A material made from an aggregate, a binder and water, stucco can be applied in a variety of ways. Hand-trowelled remains the most common. It can be smooth, rough or somewhere in between.  Great care must be taken to ensure that stucco remains watertight. If water gets under the stucco it will make it come off the home. As a result, proper installation is critically important.

Wood Siding: Beautiful in appearance, wood siding requires high maintenance and can rot over time. Wood siding is manufactured in a variety of types such as shake, clapboard, singles or lap. It is finished in stains, paints or sealants. Due to its porous nature, wood siding needs to be installed over a moisture barrier.