The answer is not simple, for many hardwoods can be lighter than softwoods and vice versa. Key drivers for wood siding and cladding are stability, weight and durability.
Pros and cons of light weight softwood cladding less than 500kg/m3 include:
Heavier weight hardwoods, such as Ipe, Ash, Spotted Gum, Blackbutt and other Eucalyptus species heavier than 800kg/m3 have the following pros and cons.
At Abodo our belief is that light weight cladding with high stability is the ideal solution, for most timber siding applications. Our Vulcan Cladding is our highest performance cladding board, with light weight and high stability.