Many people choose cedar siding for their homes because of its appearance. When it is properly maintained, cedar siding can have a beautiful color and a rich appearance. However, it can be susceptible to mildew, mold spores, bugs, and dirt (yikes).
When it comes time to clean your cedar siding, use a pressure washer. If you don’t own one, you can easily rent one from your local tool rental store. Use a low pressure to wash the siding and avoid damaging the wood. First, wash the area with water, then use a solution of water, dish soap (or laundry soap), and a splash of bleach for a cleaner that will transform your exterior!
Cedar shakes and shingles are no different. They too, can be damaged by moisture or severe weather, like hail or high winds. They are not maintenance-free and do not last a lifetime. Cedar siding often requires maintenance.
Other maintenance to consider –
- Make sure downspouts run all the way to the ground to keep moisture away from your cedar siding
- Keep downspouts free of debris
- Trim overhanging branches to avoid debris from falling on the shakes or into the downspouts
- Treat your shakes with an anti-fungal treatment at least once
- Cedar needs to be stained or painted every few years to maintain its natural beauty. Painting will be required every 5 to 7 years while staining is required every 3 to 5 years.
- Regular inspection of joints, nails and planks will help you maintain your wood siding for the years to come.
Choosing to install cedar siding on your home is not a one-time expense. You will have to pay to maintain that natural look, to avoid the shingles or shakes failing. Painting or staining your home every few years does add up and can get expensive. Therefore, the experts at Burr Roofing, Siding, & Windows suggest considering James Hardie fiber cement over cedar siding. Although the initial installation price is higher, the product pays for itself in the long run with little to no maintenance or repainting.