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When to Consider Natural Bark Siding

If you’re looking for an attractive, organic, and environmentally-friendly siding option for your home, natural poplar bark siding is an excellent choice. With vinyl, metal, and composite siding still being common and valid choices for some homeowners, natural bark siding is in a league of its own. 

Bark siding is the original home building material used by Native Americans for over 500 years. But what makes poplar bark siding such an excellent option for modern homeowners? Let’s take a look at why you may want to consider this sustainable siding for your home.

What Is Poplar Bark?

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Poplar bark siding is a natural siding that’s made from the bark of Tulip Poplar Trees. This bark was often considered to be a waste product for lumber yards in the past. But now, its true potential is being harnessed in the form of siding and wall tiles. 

The history of poplar bark being used for dwellings dates as far back as the 17th century, when bark siding was used primarily as a highly durable and waterproof material to keep dwellings safe and dry.

How Poplar Bark Siding Is Made

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The bark is peeled from the trees around mid-spring to mid-summer. Chainsaws and other tools are used to pry the bark from the tree. Sheets of bark are then graded for their looks and efficiency. 

Those that make the cut are flattened and dried in a kiln to reduce the moisture content. They’re then cut, stacked, and shipped to homeowners everywhere.

Why Choose Natural Bark Siding?


Aside from looking incredible, natural bark siding comes with virtually none of the hang-ups that come with synthetic siding. Its long list of pros has made it a staple for years. Here are a few of the top reasons poplar bark siding could be for you:


Are you looking for an essentially maintenance-free material? Poplar bark siding will never need chemical treatments, sealing, painting, weather-proofing, or staining — it’s set to last as it is. 

This siding is naturally weather resistant, durable, and holds up to the elements, meaning you’ll have fewer chances of needing repairs down the line. And best of all, bark siding can last over fifty years, making it an incredible-looking investment that could last you a lifetime. 

Renewable Resource

The concept of a product being “natural” is all of the rage, but few have the merit of being truly natural the way poplar bark siding is. The bark is the protective covering for trees, so it’s a natural resource that’s biodegradable. It’s genuinely the eco-conscious homeowner’s dream resource

Since there’s no need to add chemicals or preservatives to keep the bark intact, you’ll also never have to worry about the treatments finding their way into the earth. The long-lasting nature of this siding also makes it eco-friendly, as you won’t have to replace it often like you may have to with other sidings.


Nobody likes pesky bugs in or on their home, and it’d be reasonable to expect that poplar bark siding would make this an issue. But poplar bark is resistant to many insects, including carpenter bees or termites. It makes sense: one of the many things bark does for the tree is protect it from being damaged by insects. 

And if any bugs were found during harvesting, they are all eradicated during the baking and drying process. So there’s no need for any bug treatments ever.

Energy Efficient

Poplar bark siding can save you money on energy costs and reduce your carbon footprint. The poplar bark is designed by nature itself for optimal energy efficiency. It helps insulate the trees it protects, and it will do the same for your home. 

A Captivating Look

Homeowners seeking a head-turning look for their homes will love poplar bark siding. Its appearance enhances the landscape and gives your home an attractive allure that you can’t recreate with synthetic materials. 

The elegant siding can be used for interior and exterior walls and is a great way to incorporate a feel of nature or earthiness into your home. 

Reliance Timber Can Answer Your Questions

If you are looking for more information about our Poplar bark siding and other available products, click here. We’d love to talk you through your next project.