When it comes to protect households, sidings installation are one of the safest choice if weather conditions are a common factor. However, siding also provide a barrier of protection against external guests like, animals and insects coming into your home. In addition, siding also can be a viable solution for insulation to save on heating and cooling expenses.
Cedar Siding Pros and Cons, Materials for Siding
Nowadays industry stands for innovating ingredients to add a more durable stability on households siding, and among the materials that are usually used for siding you might find: Wood siding as number one options for its classic look, then we have Plastic siding, Thach, Aluminum, Asphalt, Insulated, Metal, Masonry siding, Stucco, Fiber Cement panels, Vinyl, Copper & Stone siding.
Regarding the types of presentations of siding you might find that siding products can come on different gamma of arrangements such as long boards or shingles, panels, large sheets, bricks & tiles.
Pros and Cons of Cedar Wood Siding
Wood is an excellent thermal insulator, which is one of the strongest reason why Americans prefer them. Wood thermal properties help to preserve perfect atmospheres in any type of area, subsequently wood would keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. But how does this work? What occurs with wood in many of the cases on thermal insulation is that they have a high proportion of cell cavities, which allow to fill with air, make them thermal insulators.
Cedar siding is one of the most common and recommendable choices for cover your house with, its natural preservatives offer you a corrosive effect on some unprotected metals in close contact, which generally causes black stain on the wood. Besides being easy to install and light to maintain you would not have to worry for replacing panels and shingles regularly, Cedar siding is highly respect due to its loyal durability and presentations on this types of siding fluctuates between lap siding, bevel, and traditional cedar shakes or shingles.
Pros of Cedar Siding
As a renewable resource Cedar trees are biodegradable and they won’t harm the planet in the process of siding. Cedar wood can make a wide variety of building products and if you want to use cedar that has been harvested without damaging the environment at all, you can also do so. Explore other uses of Cedar wood inside you home, maybe a cedar countertop in the kitchen might go well with the rustic appearance outside. Furniture, countertops, bed, closets are also a good choice for a warmer atmosphere in cold seasons.
Cedar wood can offer you a whole gamma of natural looks, colors and patterns, depending on where it came from. Nowadays it is also possible to create a different variety of textures for the walls with the use of cedar siding. Even though FinishBuild loves Cedar’s natural color, you can also add some pigments from time to time in order to boost and enhance your household appearance. Nevertheless Cedar wood siding should be stained or varnished for a 100% standard work, in order to protect it from the elements and from insects. Regarding these painting works you will need to scraped them and repaint them every 5 years.
With proper maintenance, cedar siding can be an excellent companion. Cedar wood is a very classic and durable species of wood in the United States that resists rot and pests much better than any other types of wood.
FinishBuild considers that one of the most important advices is that in order to keep Cedar wood happy you must minimize exposure to moisture which can cause rot issues, therefore, a finish coat of either paint or stain to seal can guarantee peace for household siding owners.
Cons of Cedar Siding
Wood has a very common opponent and they are called termites which are one of the most common and destructive of the insect pests that homeowners must guard against. Did you know that a colony of termites left alone for even a single year can do unspeakable damage to the structure of a home? On the other hand, depending on the area certain ants love to eat wood, and there are a wide variety of wood-boring beetles that can cause unsightly holes in wood siding.
Nature can be very tempted, since Cedar is a natural material, you might get the attention and be vulnerable to woodpeckers, for example, that might will want to drill holes in your wood siding, allowing for insect and moisture penetration.
Being in contact with iron is going to speed up the rate at which the cedar siding is going to start breaking apart and falling over. Some elements are just not supposed to mix with, therefore be extremely careful on the types of materials you use to install the cedar siding. If you use any type of iron you are going accelerate Cedar’s lifetime. FinishBuild recommends you to use stainless steel or aluminum nails for proper installation. Even though it might cost you more, it is worthy.
Since Cedar siding is wood, you might guess why this is one of FinishBuild concerns. Cedar wood siding is susceptible to to catching fire. We all know how it goes, fire grow easily on wood and as such, if your siding catches on fire you might want to regret this choice. So unless you are absolutely sure you would not be exposed to this scenario anytime soon, we suggest you to think about it.