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CEDAR SIDING

Cedar siding’s a covering for house renovation & protection, which is made of natural wood. It’s one of the most attractive & valuable natural resources, which is additionally renewable & biodegradable. It might become a wonderful decoration for any building and create a very elegant & expensive look. The wood can be cut into various boards, which allows choosing different styles for house renovation. The surface of the covering is characterized by a straight grain & nice golden hues, which can perfectly match any design of the building. Cedar is one of the most popular types of coverings in Canada.

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PROS & CONS OF THE COVERING

The advantages of cedar house siding are:

  • Environmental friendliness & safety because wood is a natural resource
  • Organic protective compounds
  • Resistance to rot & pests
  • The creation of unique designs
  • The mesmerizing aroma of natural oil
  • Resistance to different weather conditions (it’s suitable for extreme climates with strong winds, snowfalls, etc.)
  • Light weight that makes the cedar siding exterior easy to install
  • Resistance to mechanical impacts
  • Fire resistance
  • Impressive durability (up to 30 years)
  • Amazing appearance
  • Energy efficiency
  • Sound insulation
  • Exceptional workability that allows renovating any type of building.

Cedar siding for houses has the following disadvantages:

  • The necessity of maintenance (a full set of treatments is required every 5-10 years depending on the weather; it’s also required to wash the covering every year to get rid of dirt, spiders, and debris)
  • High cost of the covering (it’s the most expensive solution on the market).
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VARIATIONS OF COVERING

The covering is able to offer proprietors various styles & textures to make any building look perfect. The choice of a suitable type of covering will help create either a classic or contemporary look. Consider the most popular varieties of organic covering for the renovation of residential houses:

  • Natural cedar lap siding

    Horizontal lap covering with Hardie planks. The lines of this covering are multi-dimensional, which allows forget about the boring flat lines of typical houses. It looks symmetric and elegant. For this surface, it’s possible to choose either a smooth or wood texture. When the most common variety of this kind of covering is being set up, each new Hardie board overlaps the previous one. There exist other variations. For instance, there might be a bead-like stripNatural cedar lap siding. It represents long horizontal boards that overlap each other. It’s the most common style, which is popular among proprietors. It’s a durable variation that provides good water protection. Besides, the peculiarities of construction guarantee the absence of edges to absorb & hold moisture. The more boards there’re in the construction, the sturdier the covering will be. It’s possible to choose the exposure, which is 10-20 cm on average. This style is also known as beveled cedar siding. running between each board, which adds a contemporary look to the building. Another alternative is the Dutch lap style, where the bigger horizontal boards are separated by skinny, inverted segments of the covering.

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  • Channel covering

    Channel covering. It’s a universal solution thanks to the opportunity to install panels horizontally, diagonally, or vertically. Here, an overlapping edge is used, which allows the wood to expand & contract along with the temperature changes. At the same time, the structure doesn’t get damaged. To produce such a covering, the small groove is cut along the long side of the board. The panels also overlap each other. This covering guarantees good protection from water. In addition, it creates a rustic look.

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  • Split log

    Split log. To create such a style, a special method of cutting is used. As a result, one part of the board preserves its natural curves. The underside is flat, so it can be easily installed on the wall. This covering might need additional protection from moisture & insects. In general, it creates a very cozy & beautiful design.

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  • Tongue n’ groove

    Tongue n’ groove. Such covering is also characterized by versatility. It’s possible to install this cedar siding vertically, horizontally, or even diagonally. There’s a groove on one side of each board. A special tongue is located on the other side. As a result, the panels can securely interlock together. The covering created with these panels is smooth and creates a wonderful design with antique notes.

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  • Shingle covering

    Shingle covering. This type of covering is able to create a very modern nice look. The panels create a smooth surface that can be stained or painted according to the preferences of the proprietor. The cedar siding for homes is easy to install, so it can be applied to the building of any shape. There’re cases when the covering is necessary to be treated with fire-retardant (in the areas with high fire frequency).

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  • Shake covering

    Shake covering. This solution is very similar to the previous one. However, this covering is thicker and, thus, more durable compared to cedar wood siding shingles. The surface & cut are rougher. The lengths of panels might be different & usually vary from 40 to 60 cm. The layers overlap each other, so the surface has an additional texture. The same as shingles, shake covering should be treated with fire-redundant in certain cases. The covering creates a nice rustic look.

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Colors

Thanks to its nature, cedar siding for house offers unlimited options in terms of textures & colors. The wood itself offers a diversity of natural colors from light golden & honey shades to deep red hues. It’s always possible to find something in between. The grains of each tree are unique and offer their own sizes & textures. Wood is a unique material that can also be stained or painted. As a result, proprietors can choose any possible color for the facade of their houses. Consider just a few great color solutions that perfectly suit this covering:

  • Classic white
  • Burgundy
  • Desert tan
  • Granite gray

It’s possible to choose the other color or colors to make your house look prominent. What’s more, such a finish will provide additional protection from moisture & other conditions.

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Prices

The cost of cedar home siding setting up might vary depending on:

  • The amount of work
  • The complexity of preparation
  • The necessity to make repairs
  • The type of covering selected
  • The need for treatment, additional finish, etc.

On average, the price for wood covering varies from 13 USD to 15 USD per square foot. Thus, if the footage of the building is 1,800 sq. ft., the cost will be from 23,400 USD to 27,000 USD for the whole building.

SETTING UP

The setting up process of this covering might slightly differ according to the type of cedar siding home selected. In general, the process includes the following steps:

  • Removing the old covering

    Inspecting the surface for damages

    Making necessary repairs

    Preparing the surface

    (it should be clean & smooth, furring strips might be used if required)

    Cutting the material according to the accurate measurements

  • Using a starter strip to create a base for further setting up

    Installing the first board/planks

    Setting up the rest of the board according to the selected type of planks

    Treating, painting, and staining the surface if necessary.

    It’s vital to rely on professionals when it comes to house cedar siding. Only specialists know the procedure & have the required experience with this valuable natural material. Professional services will guarantee all the benefits of wood covering and prolong its life.

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