What's the Difference: Beveled wood siding
If you're willing to shell out a few extra bucks, quartersawn is the way to go
Builders still able to resist vinyl in favor of beveled wood siding can specify either flat-sawn or quartersawn material in several species of softwood. Quartersawn, or vertical grain, siding is usually more expensive than flat-sawn, but overall it’s a better choice.
Quartersawn lumber is cut from the tree so that the growth rings are perpendicular to the face of the board. At the end of a piece of siding, the rings appear as a series of short up-and-down lines between the two wide faces. In flat-sawn, or plain-sawn, siding, the growth rings are tangential to the face of the board, and they appear as curved lines running roughly parallel to the faces of the board.
On average, quartersawn lumber shrinks in width half as much as flat-sawn material as it cures, and it changes shape less dramatically after it has been installed. This stability makes quartersawn material less likely…