Cedar siding comes with many benefits. Unmistakable beauty, outstanding insulation and architectural versatility are some of its most notable selling points.
If you are going to cedar siding, though, make sure you are committed to regular maintenance. It would not be a popular siding material if it was not durable, but it can be susceptible to rot and insect damage.
Keep Indoor Humidity in Check
Any roofing and siding expert would say that moisture is a fearsome enemy of building materials, and cedar is not an exception. Despite being located outside, cedar siding can be affected by excessive indoor humidity.
Putting a premium on ventilation, natural and mechanical, matters to minimize extreme levels of humidity. Opening your windows to increase air circulation and installing exhaust vents in the kitchen can reduce the presence of moisture inside the house.
Watch Out for Signs of Termite Infestation
Termite damage to cedar is irreversible, so be vigilant. In addition to preventing your siding panels from touching the soil, be on the lookout for fecal pellets and discarded wings. These are indicative of termite colonies, which must be addressed ASAP.
Stained and painted cedar siding panels are less likely to crack, but make sure to patch them up when they do. Allow Solid State Construction to investigate the damage to use the right kind of sealer and to waterproof the affected areas.
Washing with warm soapy water and a soft-bristled can get rid of stubborn dirt and dust. This chore, however, requires a strategy to get the job done fast and to prevent drip marks. Specific cleaners may be in order to remove mildew and rust stains. Consult a professional if you encounter such aesthetic problems.
Learn everything you need to know about cedar siding maintenance from Solid State Construction. Call us at (508) 709-0041 to discuss your siding replacement project and get a free estimate in Concord, MA, or any nearby community.