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Cedar wood as siding is neither inexpensive nor maintenance-free. Therefore, when a homeowner decides to side his house with cedar, the choice is usually based on aesthetics. As a wood, cedar is naturally beautiful. It is also durable and rich in texture, style and color. Beyond these factors, cedar provides many sought-after properties.

Natural cedar has a richly textured grain and its colors range from mellow ambers, to reddish cinnamons to rich sienna browns, warm colors that are complemented by a uniform, fine-grained texture and a satin luster. Cedar accepts a range of finishes because it is virtually pitch and resin free. It may be stained, oiled, and painted. Because of its natural acoustical properties, it is a good material for soundproofing. Cedar is low in density and shrinkage factors, and provides exceptional thermal insulation value.

For those opting to maintain the original color of cedar, regular re-staining or painting is sometimes required annually. When used as siding, cedar shakes (or shingles) should be pressure washed on a low setting each year to remove dirt, bugs, and mildew.

Some people opt to allow cedar to age naturally without any worry about rotting, pealing, or warping. In addition, there is no need to chemically treat cedar because it has natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. A renewable resource, cedar is planted in forests for harvesting and replanted every year.

Cedar belongs to the pine family and there are many types growing across the US. Northern White Cedar is considered one of the finer grades and has a very pleasant smell and blonde color. Yellow cedar is a very strong and durable, holds nails better and is more bug resistant than red cedar, which is more porous, which makes it easier to stain. Other benefits of red cedar are that it tends to warp less and is less expensive.

As a wood, cedar is naturally beautiful. It’s durable and rich in texture, style and color. But you should know that cedar wood siding is neither inexpensive nor maintenance-free. So when a homeowner decides to side their house with cedar, the choice is usually based on aesthetics. Read on to learn if it’s the right choice for your home.

Costs

While lumber prices vary across the country, you can expect to pay from $7,000 to $8,500 for cedar clapboard on a 1,250-square-foot exterior. Cedar shingles cost slightly more at $9,000-$10,000 for the same sized area. The price could vary depending on the quality of materials used, size of the project and cost of labor. Ask a siding contractor in your area for cost estimates.

Pros

Cedar is low in density and shrinkage factors, and also provides excellent thermal insulation value.

The natural acoustical properties of cedar make it a great material for soundproofing.

Cedar accepts a wide range of finishes because it is virtually pitch- and resin-free.

Cons

Requires regular re-staining and painting.

Cedar siding is prone to damage from insects and water if it’s not maintained properly.

More expensive than other wood siding options.

Durability

Despite its required maintenance, cedar is generally a very durable siding option. In fact, it is still found on homes that were built over 100 years ago.

Maintenance

In order to keep cedar’s original beauty intact, it’s important to regularly inspect your siding. Make sure to pressure-wash your house on a low setting every year to remove dirt, bugs and mildew. In addition, it should be re-stained or painted every 4 to 6 years.

Common Questions and Answers

What is the best type of cedar to use for siding?

All types of cedar have their advantages and disadvantages. Yellow cedar is very strong and durable, holds nails better and is more resistant to insects than red cedar. Red cedar, on the other hand, is easier to stain, less expensive, and less likely to w

Does cedar need to be chemically treated?

There is no need to chemically treat cedar because it has natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.



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