Treating Cedar Siding
Cedar siding can be cared for in three ways. It all depends on what color you desire most. The first color can be achieved by leaving your cedar siding untreated. Doing so will naturally weather the wood to a grayish color. However, many people do not like the grayish color produced from untreated wood, so they decide to treat it. You have the option of either staining the cedar or painting it. It really comes down to personal preference.
It is very important to properly treat cedar wood in order to keep it in good condition and retain its great qualities. When properly treated, cedar shakes and shingles are highly fire resistant, as well as wind and hail resistant. In addition, certain types of cedar, such as western red cedar, tend to be longer lasting and more beautifully aged siding materials compared to many man-made materials. These types of cedar are cut from the heartwood of trees that are naturally decay resistant.
Keep in mind, when installing cedar shakes and shingles, it is imperative that you use proper fasteners. Cedar siding will occasionally become wet and these fasteners can be your saving grace. Always consult with a local professional for the appropriate backing materials in your area.
Below are some additional maintenance tips that should be followed when caring for cedar siding:
- It is recommended that you use stainless steel of hot-dipped galvanized nails of the appropriate length. (rust resistant nails or staples)
- Avoid using electroplated galvanized or unfinished nails. They will rust, weaken and possibly stain your siding.
- Always remove debris from your cedar siding. If it is left to accumulate it can impede or trap run-off rainwater that then can result in leaks.
- Use a stiff broom or brush to clean the cedar shakes and shingles.
- Remember to remove debris from the gaps between the individual cedar shingles. Debris hides in these areas!
- Use a solution of 3 ounces trisodium phosphate (TSP), 1 ounce of liquid laundry detergent, 1 quart of 5 percent sodium hychlorite (household bleach), and 3 quarts of warm water to remove mold and mildew. Use a soft brush to apply the cleaner.
- Use a 10 percent solution of zinc sulfate to control moss gross.
Interested in More Information in Cedar Siding?
Cedar Siding could be the right match for you and your home’s needs. However, you'll want to make sure you are choosing the right Siding material for your home and your budget. If you would like to find out if cedar siding will work for you, we offer Free Siding Quotes from top quality local contractors.