There’s a high probability that you’ve considered changing your siding at some point in your home’s life. Aside from deciding between vertical siding vs horizontal, you’ve likely also thought about the material you’ll be using in the siding replacement.
One of the most beautiful woods you can use as a siding material just happens to be cedar wood. Now before you choose it for your siding, it’s best you find out about the pros and cons that come with the material.
In this post, Solid State Construction discusses the pros and cons of cedar wood siding.
Cedar is one of the most beautiful woods available on the market and some varieties can even become aesthetically pleasing as time goes by. You can cut it into multiple styles and it can maintain a timeless appeal.
Cedar is one of the most environmentally friendly materials you can use since they’re biodegradable. You can even recycle cedar since it suits almost any architectural style — as long as it hasn’t been treated with a preservative, that is. To learn more about cedar wood siding, contact the siding and roof replacement pros at Trust Company.
Easy to Install
The ease of installation that comes with cedar wood siding makes it one of the most viable options for DIY projects. If any repairs are needed, those can easily be done, as well. However, it’s always your best option to have the installation, painting, finishing, or repair done by a professional.
Cedar wood siding is more durable compared to vinyl siding. This type of wood can also withstand a variety of forces such as harsh weather and impact. It’s also very workable, allowing you to bend and shape it to fit any construction you can need.
While more maintenance is required, as long as you adhere to what’s needed, cedar wood siding can last for as long as 75 years and can even be pre-stained for weatherproofing.
Cedar is wood so it’s not immune to flames unless specially treated. Should you decide to chemically treat it for fire resistance, on the other hand, it can lose its environmentally friendly reputation.
As stated before, if you want your cedar wood siding to last long, you’ll have to regularly maintain it. This maintenance involves repainting and re-staining every three to five years and may even cost a significant expense to protect it from moisture penetration.
Rots and Pests
While cedar wood may have a higher resistance, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s immune to rot, woodpeckers, and insect damage. Cedar wood siding can rot, be affected by mold, and even warp. Insects can eat away at the wood and damage it. Woodpeckers may occasionally bore into the siding.
Turn to Solid State Construction for your home remodeling needs. We can answer any questions you have, from our services to the disadvantages of cedar wood. Give us a call at (508) 709-0041 or fill out our contact form to get in touch with us.