The Timeless Cedar Siding Look
There is no question about it: Cedar siding looks beautiful. The wood siding gives your home a timeless and rustic appearance. This classic look is especially beautiful and desirable in the surroundings of the stunning Colorado Rocky Mountains.
If you are considering replacing your siding with cedar wood there are quite a few things to take into account. What is the cost? What are the advantages and disadvantages of cedar siding? Are there any alternatives?
There are undoubtably some advantages to cedar siding. One of those is the fact that it is made out of natural materials and when well-maintained it can age beautifully. The wood has a timeless appeal that is aesthetically pleasing. It also offers great sound and thermal insulation.
That being said, it also has some drawbacks. Cedar siding needs a lot of maintenance and attention. It needs to be treated and stained regularly, at least every other year but yearly is better. Additionally, due to it being a wood product it is susceptible to rot, woodpeckers and insect damage. It is also much more flammable than most other siding materials. The material and installation costs are higher than for other siding as well, often quite significantly.
All these things need to be taken into consideration before you decide whether or not to get cedar siding. It might be worth your time to consider other options. Colorado Siding Repair can offer you a variety of choices for your siding, including some that have the appearance of cedar siding without its disadvantages.
The James Hardie Option
If you love the rustic look of cedar siding but not the disadvantages of it, then James Hardie Fiber Cement siding is a good option for you. This siding is much more durable and budget friendly than wood siding. You can save up to half the amount of money when you invest in fiber cement compared to cedar siding. The appearance of the fiber cement is so close to actual wood that it is even used for historic restoration projects. It is hard to tell them apart, especially from any distance and without knowing what to look for.
It also is virtually maintenance free and just needs to be power washed once or twice a year. Additionally, this siding comes with an amazing warranty (30-year product and 15-year finish warranty). You can choose between several different styles and textures when it comes to James Hardie fiber cement, so you can get very close to the cedar look you are hoping for.
There are a couple of options you can choose from if you want the fiber cement siding that looks like cedar wood. We can install James Hardie in combination with the Woodtone Rustic Series™. This will give you all the advantages of fiber cement and combine it with the natural beauty of wood.
This engineered two-tone composite wood grain siding looks stunning and you have the choice between 23 color combinations. You can pick between shakes, lap, and panels to achieve any wood look you want.
This product comes with a 20-year coating warranty in addition to the James Hardie substrate product warranty. On top of that, it is a much more cost-effective option compared to cedar siding. It looks as beautiful as cedar siding, is very durable but requires much less maintenance.
The second option for a cedar siding look but with durable fiber cement is the James Hardie ColorPlus® Technology series. This premium product offers you a wide variety of beautiful color choices that will last for many years.
You can choose between two collections that use the ColorPlus® technology: The Statement Collection™ and the Dream Collection™. Both collections have a wonderful variety of color options, including wood colors.
With this technology, the colors are applied to the fiber cement in a controlled setting direct in the factory. This makes them not only long-lasting but also very even in appearance. The finish is then cured between coats which creates a baked-on bond. Because of this, the finish is very resistant to chipping, cracking and peeling. It can also withstand UV rays much better and is thus fade resistant.
When you choose James Hardie, either the ColorPlus® Technology series or as a substrate for the Woodtone Rustic Series™ you are picking a durable product that will make your home look beautiful. If you so choose it can look like cedar siding but will have none of its disadvantages. You will love the ease of maintenance and overall cost-savings!
Beautiful Home Exteriors with Colorado Siding Repair
We always recommend James Hardie over cedar siding because of the many advantages fiber cement siding has over cedar wood siding. You will love the siding and the curb appeal it will give your home. It is a worthwhile investment, raising your home’s value immediately and it will last well into the future.
We are a James Hardie Elite Preferred contractor with many years of experience with their products and procedures. We will get the job done right and you will love how your home will look with new siding, whether you decide to go with fiber cement or one of our other siding options.
If you decide to work with us, we will guide you through the complete process of getting new siding, without any pressure from our side. We also offer financing options. We are here to help and guide you. Let us know what you have in mind for your next project on your home’s exterior and call Colorado Siding Repair today!