What is cedar siding?
Cedar siding is simply siding cut from (most commonly) the Western Red Cedar. Cedar siding features great dimensional stability, which allows it retain its shape while also taking to nailing and staining well. Western Cedar will help keep warmth during the winter months and keep interiors cool during the summer.
Is cedar siding expensive?
Cedar siding is considered as having a mid to high range cost. Since there is maintenance required with cedar siding that should also be taken in to account when determining the overall cost.
How long can I expect my cedar siding to last?
Cedar siding endures the elements well and if maintained properly can last many years. Some manufacturers offer warranties of 25 years or more. Cedar is classified as a durable species. The proper application of a finish coat will allow cedar siding to last for decades. As with all wood, avoid having the cedar siding touch the ground as this can shorten the life span of cedar.
Is there a lot of maintenance involved with cedar siding?
Cedar siding definitely requires maintenance. It is recommended that cedar siding be washed with a low pressure washer to remove cob webs, dust and other dirt particles. Cedar siding also requires staining every few years. There will be no difficulty in determining when its to re-stain. How well the siding has weathered the elements determines how often to re-stain. The most damaging element to cedar siding is moisture. It is recommended that you inspect the siding regularly and make any minor repairs to help prevent moisture damage.