Often used in fine coastal and mountain resort homes, cypress siding can complement any architectural style, from rustic to traditional. It’s one of the most durable wood siding options and won’t break the bank, either. Here’s what you need to know.
Expect to pay around $2 per linear foot for a 1x6-inch panel. The total figure depends on the cost of installation, the size of your home and quality of materials used. Contact a professional in your area for exact cost estimates.
Cypress is an extremely durable siding option, especially when compared to other woods. It can last for hundreds of years—even longer if properly maintained.
As with any wood siding, cypress requires some regular maintenance. If a transparent stain is used to allow the natural wood grain to show, it must be reapplied every 3 to 5 years—the same goes for a clear penetrating sealer. You should occasionally power-wash the siding (on a low setting to keep from damaging the wood), and clean with a mild bleach solution to do away with fungus and mold.
Simply fill in the cracks with wood putty. If there is a large crack, contact a professional for advice.
It’s best to look for grades #2 and better. This is the historic grade that features larger knots and rustic characteristics. It also offers more heartwood, making it longer-lasting. "Selects" is another a top-grade material. It’s mostly clear with the occasional knot.
Many colonial homes were constructed from cypress siding, including George Washington’s grandfather’s home. Today, 100- to 200-year-old buildings that have lived out their usefulness are providing reclaimed cypress for the next lucky home.
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