Small Cabin Siding Options
Plywood or OSB SheetsYou can use regular plywood or OSB sheets for small cabin siding. 3/8" or 1/2" thickness is a typical choice. This is a reasonably inexpensive option. When you use plywood or OSB panels outdoors, you need to paint them. Because they are not primed, oil paint is the best option. It is more durable than acrylic/latex and soaks well into the panel.
SmartSide SheetsA better, but more expensive option is SmartSide panels. They have numerous advantages:
- Extra shear strength (you can nail it directly to the studs)
- Treated for moisture, rot and fungal decay resistance
- Termite damage protection
- Shiplap edges
- Surface pre-primed with resin-saturated primer (good paint adhesion)
- No need for additional wall covering (plastic or aluminum siding)
- Embossed cedar pattern with tapered grooves for traditional planking look
I used SmartSide panels for the siding of my small cabin and plywood for siding of other structures.