There are several ways of outdoor finishing of your future home and one of them is siding. Once you have chosen siding, you should take into account many factors: aesthetics, value, durability, versatility and environmental sustainability, and all these factors lead you to one thing — the material from which your siding is made. Before that, we wrote in services about the pros and cons of aluminum and hardie siding. Someone gives preference to vinyl siding, but according to most experts, synthetic materials pale in comparison with a natural tree like a cedar. Today it’s the turn to say about the cedar siding.
Cedar is a natural material that is both insect and moisture resistant; it also has exceptional resistance to decay, as well as relatively moderate strength and weight. It’s used not only for exterior siding but also for interior paneling, because of its beautiful amber color, in addition to a straight, even grain.
Though installation and repair of cedar siding is relatively simple, it requires more long-term maintenance than other popular solutions (like vinyl or hardie). It requires treatment every 5-10 years, depending on the weather conditions in the region where your home is located. Cedar siding is very versatile in style and can be painted in any color palette desired. So why do people choose cedar siding? Read more >>>
8 advantages of cedar siding
Thanks to the presence in the cedar wood of a unique natural preservative oil, there is no need to use artificial chemical treatment. It is known that arsenic and copper compounds (they are usually used to preserve other wooden siding products) can pose a serious threat to human health.
Cedar’s durability is legendary. It has the natural resistance to moisture, decay, and pest damage, which makes it the ideal choice for an exterior siding that is exposed to the elements such as cold (frost) and heat (sun), as well as precipitation in the form of rain, snow, and hail.
Red Cedar is naturally resistant to rot, decay and insect attacks. Which makes it incredibly low maintenance whereas the so-called “low maintenance” composite materials require more upkeep because they don’t have any natural defenses against things like mildew. As well, plastic substitutes are susceptible to fading due to sun exposure – only unlike cedar; composite materials can’t be restored or refinished once their color has faded.
Naturally Beautiful and Aroma
Surround yourself in the beauty of real cedar. Cedar siding instantly elevates your home to another level of beauty and warmth. You can’t get that with the plastic, metal or hardie substitutes. Try as they might, the look, the feel and the scent of natural wood just can’t be duplicated in a chemistry lab. That’s why synthetic siding always ends up looking a little on the cheap side – odd, considering composite materials actually cost more than cedar siding. Cedar easily accepts a range of different finishes, from solid coatings and paint to fine oils and stains. Cedar also has a unique aroma, which comes from its heartwood.
Cedar material is relatively easy to cut, glue, and finish compared to other alternatives. This type of siding is usually produced in long, lightweight lengths of timber that have a fine grain and uniform texture. It’s easy to saw, cut, and nail with common tools. These features also help it to be planed onto a smooth surface and machined to any desired pattern. The lack of pitch and resin allows quality cedar to hold glue bonds from a wide range of adhesives while insuring a firm base for various types of paints and stains.
A Green Choice
Concerned about the environmental footprint your siding product will leave behind? With cedar siding, you can take heart in knowing you’re using one of the most sustainable building materials available. It produces the least greenhouse gas, air pollution, water pollution and solid waste. Not only that – сedar lumber is harvested from the most sustainably managed forests in the world. So you can feel good about your wood.
Cedar is free of pitch and resin, which means it takes to stains, oils and finishe, exceptionally well. So your siding color options are pretty much limitless. The same goes for the style options. So for example, you can go for the warm traditional feel of a layered bevel or you can streamline your home’s look with some super sleek, tongue & groove siding or you can get creative with your own board & batten pattern – the list goes on and on. And then there’s texture – with Terrific Exterior, you can work with a clear grade for a crisp, contemporary look.
Really Solid Investment
Cha-Ching! That’s the sound of money you can save with Cedar Siding. Not only does it cost less up front than composite materials. But thanks to its low density, Western Red Cedar is a natural thermal insulator. So if you want siding that doesn’t just look great, but also keeps your heating and AC bills down, the choice is clear.
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Cedar Siding Installation
In conclusion, we want to say that cedar is one of the world’s premier woods. The siding is well known for its beautiful appearance, natural durability, light material weight, dimensional stability, and insulation value.
If you want the cedar siding to be properly installed on your house to provide years of low maintenance, please contact Terrific Exterior company for detailed information.
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