CEDAR SIDING - What You Need To Know
POSTED IN: DECEMBER 19, 2015 BY EMILIO BONILLA | NO COMMENTS
Cedar siding is a type of traditional wood siding made from cedar trees. Raw cedar is processed and fashioned into siding for homes. One of the great things about cedar is the ability to effectively insulate a home from any type of climate. It is naturally resistant to decay and damage from insects such as termites. Cedar also offers the beauty of classic wood siding; many sidings will strive to mimic the look of a wood siding such as cedar. The versatile look of wood is something that many homeowners seek.
Cedar can be suitable for all homes, especially because it can be used for a number of styles, ranging from traditional to modern. It is stable and firm, and many homeowners will like the fact that it can give their home a rustic appearance. Cedar is a great choice among wood siding options because it has a 50% less likeliness to warp or swell due to water damage. This makes it incredibly easy to work with, whether it is cutting, gluing or finishing. The siding can be painted in any color, but requires a finish before installation. The finishing process usually takes place in a factory. Cedar boards are rolled onto a belt where a machine will check the boards for moisture. The boards are then flooded with coating, and the coating is evened out with rollers. This finish ensures protection against water.
One of the biggest letdowns about wood siding in general is the amount of maintenance required. It is always significantly higher than any another type of siding, such as vinyl, cement etc. Cedar is especially reactive with iron, so it is important that the siding be installed with stainless steel, aluminum or galvanized nails. This prevents rust and other chemical reactions. Installers of cedar will be aware of this issue and it is easily remedied. Another drawback is that cedar can react with water, making it discolored. It can also be susceptible to mildew. Both of these can be prevented if the cedar is cleaned and maintained properly, which can take some time. Luckily, cleaning cedar is not a difficult process. A non-phosphate detergent is usually recommended and will keep the siding clean and durable.
Cedar siding prices are an important factor for homeowners when deciding whether or not to purchase it. It comes at a high price, but offers a high aesthetic value. There are two costs associated with cedar: the installation itself, and then the additional cost of staining. Cedar siding can cost around $150 per square foot. Staining the wood for shine and protection will cost around $2 per square foot. Labour costs will add another $2.50 to $3.50 per square foot. The quality of cedar surpasses that of other wood sidings, and if taken care of well, can last homeowners years.
Cedar is a great siding for many residences. Cedar trees grow very quickly, ensuring that it is in ready supply. It is a sustainable material that offers durability and protection. It offers the real look of wood siding without the vulnerabilities of other types of wood.