Posted on: October 27, 2023


Crafting a Dream Home That’s Wildfire-Ready in Sierra Nevada



Project Type
Private Residence


Siding: 1×6″ | Shiplap w/ 1/4″ Reveal
Trim: 2×10 | Square Edge
Soffit: 1×6″ | Tongue & Groove


AquaFir™ | Tobacco | Smooth | CVG Cedar

**All materials protected with Fireline™ Pressure-Treated.**


Nestled in the idyllic Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, a homeowner dreamed of a special mountain retreat. Their vision was not just about creating a striking contemporary design, but also about ensuring that it could weather the challenges posed by the area’s recurring wildfires.


To bring their dream to life while addressing the wildfire concern, the homeowner took practical steps to safeguard their sanctuary.

First, they established a safe buffer zone between the house and the surrounding forest, a measure that added a layer of protection.

The next crucial step involved choosing Fireline™ Pressure-Treated wood for all their natural wood materials, making their home compliant with Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) standards. This simple decision enhanced the natural wood’s ability to withstand potential threats.

Now, the homeowner could cherish the beauty of natural wood while feeling secure in the knowledge that their retreat was equipped to stand strong in the face of nature’s unpredictable challenges. This home became a testament to both aesthetics and practicality, offering peace of mind amidst its cozy ambiance.



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Duplex Built in an Extreme Climate using ranchwood™

Posted on: October 5, 2020

Duplex Built in an Extreme Climate using ranchwood™

Where: Colorado

Products:  ranchwood™ product line in tackroom color with circle sawn texture in douglas fir for the siding. Bronze cedar from the AquaFir™ product line is used for trim, fascia, and soffits, using douglas fir wood and wire brushed texture.
Product Use:  1×8 channel rustic using ranchwood™ in tackroom color, 1×6 tongue and groove soffit in AquaFir™ bronze cedar color, two step fascia 2×10 and 1×6 in bronze cedar square edge material. Trim in various sizing all in bronze cedar: 1×4, 1×6, 1×12, 2×4, 2×6, 2×10, 3×12.

This duplex is at 9100 feet nestled in the mountains of Colorado.  This area is considered an extreme environment for building due to the hot, cold, wet, and high altitude.  Being aware of mixing building materials to accommodate your climate is crucial to reducing maintenance for homeowners.  Using a stone wainscoting to allow for snow drifts protects the wood siding from water all while still creating a beautiful aesthetic.  Stone and wood are eco-friendly products and create a beautiful exterior for any style of architecture.

Selecting a siding profile that allows the wood to naturally expand and contract is key to the longevity of the wood siding.  This project elected to use channel rustic, any lap siding with a reveal works well in extreme climates.  At Montana Timber Products we offer profiles for every climate and customer need (shiplap, shiplap with 1/8 or ¼ reveal, square edge lap, channel rustic, tex gap, and square edge (used for board on board or board and batten).  Tongue and groove profile is offered, but not recommended as a siding profile, using T&G for soffits, ceilings and interior work best.  Along with the profile, selecting the boards width is critical.  Montana Timber Products offers boards 4”, 6”, 8”, 10” and 12” wide talk to our sales professionals to find what will work best for your project.

Montana Timber Products is a specialty wood products manufacturer of rustic, modern and contemporary wood siding, interior accents, reclaimed wood, and barn wood alternatives.  Our ranchwood™, AquaFir™,  Artisan ranchwood™ , Charwood™, and Corral Board product lines offer a full selection of exterior and interior wood materials.  All the products can be used for residential and commercial application.  Each product line is offered in two wood species, Douglas Fir and Cedar.  Seal-Once offers high performance long lasting waterproofing seal that is environmentally friendly non-toxic protection.  Selling direct to the customer and custom milling each order allows Montana Timber Products flexibility to create your project.  Call 406-215-4961 for more information or fill out the contact form at:

ranchwood™ siding complimented with AquaFir™ accents

Posted on: September 18, 2020

ranchwood™ siding complimented with AquaFir™ accents

Where:  Utah
Products:  ranchwood™ product line for siding in three colors: eastern, prairie, tackroom  with trim in tackroom in douglas fir and wire brushed texture.  AquaFir™ product is used for soffits, the gabled front entry and extended gabled roof patio covers all in light brown using douglas fir wood and wire brushed texture.
Product Use:  1×8 shiplap using ranchwood™ colors: eastern, prairie, tackroom, 1×6, 2×12, 2×6, 2×4 trim and accents in tackroom, 1×6 tongue and groove soffit, gabled front entry and extended gabled roof patio covers in light brown.

At Montana Timber Products, we work hard to manufacture material that meets your needs and your creative inspirations.  Every project is made to order because every product is uniquely crafted for you.  Selecting a unique look for your home can be easy. Order samples today and let one of our representatives help you get started.  When using a custom pre-finished mill for interior or exterior materials you ensure a high quality, consistent and ready to install product.

Removing the on-site staining, sealing and clean up, saves money, time, and the environment.   A pre-finished product that is sealed on all sides, protects the wood from the elements.  Montana Timber Products semitransparent stain contains enough pigment to change the woods color to meet your design needs, but not enough to obscure the grain.  Site finished products are subject to the weather conditions and timing from installation.  Once installed matching weather to a paint crews schedule requires more time.  Which can leave your materials unprotected for extended periods of time.  Allowing wood to get wet and not dry out before staining and sealing it, is what causes the stain to not bond well.  Site finished wood, requires days of good weather to prepare for the stain, it should be cleaned and dry for 24-48 hours.  Once stain is applied it requires drying time, most stains require 10-12 hours of dry time.  The perfect forecast for 2-3 days all while arranging paint contractors and their schedules can be tricky.  A pre-finished, ready to install custom made product eliminates those headaches and improves the quality of the finished product.

Montana Timber Products is a leading manufacturer of specialty pre-finished wood and reclaimed wood products.  Our process allows us to customize each order to meet the customers design needs.  The extensive line of products include: siding, trim, soffit and fascia, interior accents, timbers, fabricated trusses, decking, fencing, and glulam beams.  Customers enjoy mill direct pricing, quick delivery, exceptional quality, flexibility to customize colors and profiles. Getting started is easy, call for information to find out which product line fits your project and budget.  Order free samples by calling or filling out the online form, we provide real wood samples, all to help you make your selection.   To get a quote or more information call 406-215-4961 or fill out the contact form at:

ranchwood™- Animal Safe with NO-VOC Seal-Once™

Posted on: September 25, 2015

ranchwood™- Animal Safe with NO-VOC Seal-Once™

Where: New Jersey

What: Zoo Giraffe Exhibit

Solution: Circle Sawn Shiplap siding

Product:  ranchwood™ Tackroom

Montana Timber Products was founded off of a goal to create beautiful, environmentally friendly, natural wood siding products. This week’s featured project, The Giraffe House zoo exhibit had to follow strict guidelines when choosing building materials. Typically, zoo guidelines require that all materials that could potentially be eaten by an animal to not contain harmful chemicals. All of Montana Timber Products natural wood reclaimed barn wood and reclaimed barn wood alternatives are sealed with Seal-Once, a 100% NO VOC waterproofer with a 10 year limited warranty against water ingress and safe for interior and exterior use, pets and children.


This featured project utilizes Montana Timber Products’ ranchwood™ reclaimed barn wood alternative siding. ranchwood™, the flagship product, is a reclaimed barn wood alternative. This means that it is milled from new, rough stock, kiln dried, chemical free wood. It is then put through a texturizing and coloring process to create the aesthetic beauty of rustic wood siding. Authentic reclaimed barn wood and reclaimed barn wood alternatives are both great choices for your next home project. However, ranchwood™ reclaimed barn wood alternative is typically less expensive than authentic reclaimed barn wood while still offering a rustic wood beauty.


Vintage wood, reclaimed barn wood and reclaimed barn wood alternatives are very popular building materials due to their aesthetic beauty, traditional look, and chemical free finish. If the environmentally friendly aspect of natural wood siding is important to you, be sure to do your homework when choosing your siding, interior accents, trim, timbers, or other wood siding products. Some companies choose to use degenerative chemicals to achieve the desired look and texture of rustic wood siding. The most commonly seen rustic siding texture options are Circle Sawn and Wire Brushed. The Circle Sawn texture commonly seen on rustic reclaimed barn wood is created from the large circular saw blades used in more traditional milling practices. The Wire Brushed option, like the Circle Sawn, adds physical and aesthetic depth to the wood grain. In addition to the aesthetic beauty added from the texturing process, greater surface area is created, which allows the Seal-Once, 100% NO VOC waterproofer to more effectively penetrate the wood.


Whether you are looking for siding, beams, flooring, or interior accents, Montana Timber Products offers a solution for your rustic needs. All Montana Timber Products’ prefinished wood siding utilizes Seal-Once, a 100% NO VOC waterproofer with a 10 year limited warranty against water ingress.

ranchwood™- prefinished wood siding

Posted on: February 25, 2014

ranchwood™- prefinished wood siding

Where: Montana
What: Personal Residence
Special requirements:  Home that blends rustic siding and timber design and fits attributes of mountainous landscape setting. Product with NO VOC waterproofing finish that could also be used to finish accent beam, and interior paneling.  Find a product that provides rustic appeal and is more cost effective than reclaimed barn wood.
Solution:  ranchwood-Eastern Exposure Siding, Western Exposure Trim
Products:  1×10 Ship Lap Profile for Horizontal application, 1×8 Channel Rustic for Vertical, 2×6, 2×8, 2×10 for Trim and Frieze Board Applications

ranchwood: Eastern Exposure, 1×10 horizontal lap, 1×8 & Channel Rustic Vertical

ranchwood™ the rustic and NO VOC prefinished wood siding option that is the cost effective alternative to reclaimed lumber- Montana 

 Western Exposure Trim – ranchwood-siding blend with stone accents


Montana Timber Products customers appreciate the multiple color, texture, and finish options they’re able to choose from when designing their homes.  Here, ranchwood Western Exposure Trim offsets against rustic Eastern Exposure horizontal lap and vertical wire brushed channel rustic siding. The siding integrates nicely with the rock wainscot.



Pictured here: ranchwood-vertical channel rustic siding simulates a board and batten application


The owners of this residence desired an exterior siding product that provide an excellent long term preventative maintenance solution.


Prefinished with Seal-Once, a water based penetrating waterproofer, ranchwood was a safe and good long term alternative. Here, they chose circle sawn window trim to offset against the wire brushed siding. Seal Once is the preferred penetrating waterproofer of choice. Oil based or semitransparent stains which sit on the surface of the wood therefore making them more susceptible to water and UV erosion. Seal Once uses water as the carrier and penetrates with the enhanced UV inhibitors into the wood-making it a more long lasting and easier product to maintain.


Montana Timber Products continues to provide unique and cost effective design solutions for builders, architects, and commercial and residential owners interested in wood siding and timber products which decrease long term preventative maintenance, increase curb appeal, and provide a cost effective rustic alternative to other building products that are available.





Prefinished Wood Siding and Timber Products- Seal-Once™

Posted on: December 4, 2013

Prefinished Wood Siding and Timber Products- Seal-Once™


Wood Waterproofer-The Benefits of NO VOC SEAL-ONCE for Prefinished Wood Products

Utilizing prefinished wood products provides several advantages. A factory finish provides product consistency, expedites field time, and provides finished product which can be installed year round.

While there are many coating products on the market to choose from, Montana Timber Products’ Seal-Once Wood Waterproof Sealant provides superior performance and product durability for all exterior products; siding, timbers, trim, fascia, and soffit material.  Montana Timber Products is a fully integrated specialized remanufacturer and prefinishing company which produces several rustic product options. MTP’s ranchwood and AquaFir products are exclusively prefinished with Seal-Once.  A breathable and penetrating coating application, Seal-Once provides excellent water ingress and UV protection.



Seal-Once™ Total Wood Protector is a green tinted stain/sealer product formulated for exterior/interior use on all properly prepared, unsealed wood surfaces. It offers a high performance, long-lasting waterproof, non-toxic, NO VOCs, eco-friendly, water-based formula. Seal-Once seals wood surfaces for up to 10 years and does an exceptional job against moisture ingress, as well as reducing fungal and microbial attack by reducing available moisture. Seal-Once is colorless and will not discolor wood, and may be ordered in clear and tinted versions. The advanced technology of Seal-Once penetrates surfaces up to 3/8 of an inch to form a superior barrier within the surface, and is the ideal application for the longest term protection.

Montana Timber Products is a national remanufacturing and distribution company which produces rustic exterior and interior product lines which enhance aesthetic appeal.   The company ships product to all resort markets in the Western United States through its distribution facility near Boise, Idaho.  The company’s ranchwood product line has emerged as the premium substitute for reclaimed barn wood. The company’s AquaFir product line provides a cost competitive substitute to cedar.

High Performance and Long Lasting Seal-Once seals wood surfaces for up to 10 years and does an exceptional job against moisture ingress, as well as reducing fungal and microbial attack by reducing available moisture.








ranchwood™ Interior Wall Panel and Wainscot

Posted on: September 25, 2013

ranchwood™ Interior Wall Panel and Wainscot

Where: Market on Front-Missoula, Montana :
What: Commercial Food & Grocery
Special requirements:  Wainscot and Accent wall material that meets architectural design criteria of restaurant  and can be mixed to compliment other reclaimed building materials.
Solution: Mix ranchwood material with reclaimed timbers to maintain budget and offer owner and customers appealing design configuration
Products:  1×6 ranchwood Shiplap Eastern Exposure Ship Lap Profile for Vertical Wainscot,  1×4 ranchwood mixed color (Northern, Greenhorn, Tackroom, Eastern) material for Accent Wall, Required prefinished product with NO VOC, NON TOXIC Seal Once coating application



1×6 ranchwood Eastern Exposure shiplap integrated with display counters, reclaimed beams, and modern elements.



1×6 ranchwood Shiplap Eastern Exposure material utilized for horizontal wainscot.  ranchwood is commonly integrated with various wood and metal building materials as a cost effective solution to achieve rustic design.




Produced in a variety of colors, Montana Timber Products ranchwood product line offers multiple dimensions, profiles, and means for integration into both exterior and interior commercial and residential design.  Here, a mixed color 1×4 wall is utilized to bring rustic accent into the modern design of this restaurant space.  The owner chose ranchwood as the prefered product of choice due to the rustic aesthetic appeal and the NO VOC NON TOXIC waterbased coating application utilized to prefinish the material.  Unlike other coating applications which contain various levels of toxins, Seal Once is a completely natural and safe product.




ranchwood™ Prefinished Board and Batten / Shiplap Wood Siding

Posted on: September 17, 2013

ranchwood™  Prefinished Board and Batten / Shiplap Wood Siding

Where: Gallatin Gateway-Bozeman, Montana
What: New Mountain Barn with Living Quarters
Special requirements:  Prefinished rustic siding integrated with barn design at more affordable price than reclaimed barn wood material
Solution:  ranchwood™-Tackroom and Western Exposure, prefinished with Seal-Once waterproofer
Products:  1×10 and 1×3 Board & Batten, 1×8 lap Tackroom for siding material,  1×6 Western Exposure Shiplap Profile for soffit material, 2×6 and 2×8 Western Exposure Trim

Mountain Barn-ranchwood


Montana Timber Products ranchwood Tackroom and Western Exposure colors were the product of choice for the contractor and owner of this new barn with living quarters in Bozeman, Montana

ba21×10 and 1×3 board and batten-Tackroom, 1×6 shiplap soffit and 2×6/2×8 window trim Western Exposure

A combination of ranchwood  Tackroom (brown) and Western Exposure (grey) were used to offset color tone for the siding, trim and soffit material of this exterior.  The colors integrated well with the stone and window selection chosen for the barn.



Montana Timber Products ranchwood products are prefinished with Seal-Once. Seal Once is a NO VOC, NON TOXIC, waterproofer which is safe for use around animals, has a 10 year warranty against water ingress, and has UV inhibitors which extend UV life.  A water based product, the reapplication of Seal Once is easier and safer than other coating alternatives which may be considered.

ranchwood products are commonly used for interior accent applications such as interior and exterior doors, ceiling and wall panel material, and wainscoting.  Pictured here, ranchwood was utilized for both the exterior and interior door to compliment the design of the home.



ranchwood is commonly used for garage door construction.  Pictured above and left, 1×6 shiplap material is utilized to skin the garage doors.

Montana Timber Products’ customers continue to appreciate the level of customization and prefinished aspects of the various product lines.

Please contact your local Montana Timber Products representative to learn more about the company’s prefinished product options.















Ranchwood Barn Wood Siding and Timbers

Posted on: June 12, 2013

Ranchwood Barn Wood Siding and Timbers

Where: Where: Red Ledges, Heber City, Utah
What: New Construction of Private Residence
Special requirements: Wood Siding which serves as a substitute to more expensive reclaimed barnwood
Solution:  Ranchwood-Tackroom
Products:  Square Edge 1×12, 1×6 Reverse Board and Batten, 2×8, 2×10, 2×14 Window and Corner Trim, Barn Series Timbers, Custom Pre Finishing of Wood Siding with NO VOC Seal-Once

Another fine custom home built with Ranchwood!

Red Ledges

Built in the premier golf community of Red Ledges, adjacent to Heber and Park City, Utah, this private residence chose Montana Timber Products ranchwood as the preferred siding material. An alternative to more expensive reclaimed barn wood siding, ranchwood provided the owner with an aesthetically pleasing and pre-finished wood siding product that reduces ongoing preventative maintenance costs.

This home is located in Utah’s premier four-season community near Heber City. Utah

Red Ledges

Ranchwood siding is commonly integrated with various patterns of stone, timbers, and trim patterns and textures.   Truly, nothing compares to the perfect blend of rock, ranchwood siding and our natural timbers.

Red Ledges







Here, the contractor chose to utilize wire brushed ranchwood Tackroom 2×8 window trim with 2×10 corner and frieze bands to break the pattern of the siding application.  Pre-finished with NO VOC Seal Once, ranchwood has enhance waterproofing and UV protection.




Seal-Once, Eco Friendly, non toxic, NO VOC, Water-proofer

Posted on: May 29, 2013

Seal-Once, Eco Friendly, non toxic, NO VOC,  Water-proofer

Eco Friendly, non toxic, NO VOC Seal Once Water-proofer vs. Aging Compounds, Oil Based and Semi-Transparent Stains and Paints found in Montana, California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming, Utah, Alaska, and Hawaii 


Montana Timber Products Ranchwood and AquaFir siding and timber product lines commonly serve as a substitute for reclaimed barn wood and alternative to cedar. With use of Seal-Once, Montana Timber Products Doug Fir kiln dried substrate provides a competitive aesthetic, performance, and cost alternative to commonly used siding applications.

Historically, many siding products have utilized cedar with commonly used stains and sealants because the substrate is more rot resistant than other types of wood siding. Most stains and sealants sold today are petroleum based and use an out-dated beading technology to repel water such as bees wax, silicones and beading agents. These applications sit on top of the substrate and attract dirt. Consequently, these formulas require reapplication as they wear away more quickly. They also do not prevent mold and mildew very effectively. The tinted products begin fading within the first year of application and the wood begins to absorb water. This water absorption causes mold and mildew and in time without maintenance the wood begins deteriorating. It is generally known that for oil applications to work they require solvents which have a higher level of VOC’s. Over time, most coating manufacturers have responded to environmental regulations by lowering VOC levels simply by reducing the volume of solvents. These changes may subtly alter a products performance in other ways. Prior to Montana Timber Products launching its Ranchwood and AquaFir product lines, Seal-Once went through extensive ASTM testing for the following: Water Absorption, Vapor Emission(breathability), Salt/Chloride resistance, mold/ mildew on wood and acute toxicity test on shrimp lave and invertebrates Seal-Once exceeded all tests requirements. Seal-Once is a water base Eco Friendly, non toxic, zero VOC (volatile organic compound) submicron particle that sinks into the surface of the wood, forms a polymer inside the wood and prevents water from infiltrating beneath. Seal-Once uses a blend of polymers designed to move with a wood’s natural expansion and contraction cycles. Seal-Once allows trapped moisture along with mold/mildew to evaporate to the surface thus drying out the wood and preventing mold/mildew to re-occur. Seal-Once works just like a breathable lining in clothing.

  • Seal-Once water based nano-technology has no VOC’s. By comparison, a typical film forming wood finish generally stops working in 6 months to 2 years on horizontal surfaces and 1 to 3 years on a vertical surface.
  • Seal-Once is Green Spec Listed and can contribute to Leed credit 4.2.
  • Seal-Once products do not change color, become yellow or streak.
  • Seal-Once offers a 10 year warranty on vertical surfaces and 6 years on horizontal surfaces against water ingress.
  • In this age of Green Technology, you can serve the environment well by recommending Seal-Once-the only product on the market that is environmentally safe, contains no VOC’s, toxins or irritants and is non-flammable compared to short lived petroleum, chemical base semi-transparent stains(read their warning on the label).
  • Seal-Once is nonflammable.

Montana Timber Products Tint Methodology – What is the difference between Seal-Once pigments and competitor’s pigments? Seal-Once pigments are UV stable and non toxic. They have been designed to react to UV light by converting UV energy into thermal energy. Basically that means that Seal-Once pigments are baked into the surface not baked out, as is the case with our competitor’s products. This is the reason our pigments protect a surface for up to 10 years. Competitor’s pigments are made from organic materials. Organic materials, such as those found in various Aging Compounds can deplete in up to 18 months as they are either washed away by the elements, or baked away by the sun. Also competitors’ pigments may be toxic. Seal-Once provides semi-transparent, trans oxide, ion oxide water base, non-toxic, low VOC tints for UV protection and color.

  • The darker the tint the longer the UV protection.
  • We estimate at least 5 plus years for the darker tints. The lighter tints such as should last 3 to 5 years before re-coating is necessary for UV protection.


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