Cedar siding is the classic natural wood siding. This traditional siding is truly beautiful and timeless. Many other siding materials try to imitate its look because of its popularity and classic style. It blends in very well with natural surroundings which is why it is especially popular in the mountains of Colorado.
Having new siding installed is a big decision and a large investment. We want you to have all the facts and necessary information for you to make the decision that is best for you. Cedar siding does look beautiful when newly installed and can last a long time when it is well maintained. However, it does have some drawbacks you should be aware of.
What You Need to Know About Natural Wood Siding
The biggest attraction of cedar siding is its natural beauty and durability. This siding is still very popular because of its aesthetic charm and rustic feel. Cedar has a classic warmth to it that makes it quite appealing to many people.
However, that beautiful look only lasts when the wood is maintained on a regular basis. In order to keep it looking great, the siding needs to be stained and sealed at least every other year. Depending on the climate and surroundings, it may even need to be treated every year.
This need for regular maintenance is the biggest disadvantage cedar siding has. If the wood is not well cared for, it will not age well. Natural wood siding can rot and deteriorate quickly when it is not well maintained. The cost of the maintenance also adds to the initial cost, which is rather high, making cedar wood siding an option that is not the most economic one.
Even when the cedar siding is well maintained it is susceptible to pests and the elements of nature. The wood attracts termites and wood peckers which can severely damage your siding. Living in Colorado also means that there are frequent wildfires. Cedar siding is more flammable than other siding, which you should bear in mind.
Wood is a very versatile and durable building material. When you choose to have this siding installed, you can pick from various different styles, such as rustic, Dutch lap, clapboards, Shake shingles, shiplap, and other styles.
Cedar wood is naturally an efficient insulator that offers great sound and thermal protection. The insulation can be boosted even more by having additional insulation installed underneath the siding. On top of that, wood is a very eco-friendly siding option.
If you are looking for an alternative to cedar siding that requires less maintenance and has fewer disadvantages but still looks beautiful, you should think about either composite wood siding such as LP SmartSide or James Hardie fiber cement. Both of those options are also less expensive than cedar siding.
LP SmartSide composite wood siding is engineered to look like wood but requires less maintenance. It has a lower upfront cost than natural wood siding as well. Additionally, it offers more resistances to the elements and pests alike, making this siding very durable.
This engineered wood siding might be a great alternative to cedar siding for you. It comes in various different styles and colors so that you can get the wood look you are hoping for. LP SmartSide offers high-quality products with great warranties.
James Hardie fiber cement is even more durable and comes in a huge variety of styles, textures, and colors. When you choose James Hardie WoodTone finished products, you get siding that looks almost indistinguishable from wood but has none of the disadvantages.
Fiber cement siding lasts for a very long time and is much more resistant than wood siding. It stands up very well to hail, does not attract insects, and will not burn. It also requires very little maintenance but can be painted when you want a fresh new look.
WoodTone products are slightly more expensive than other James Hardie fiber cement products but they do look stunning. This siding will last a long time while looking beautiful. The ROI on these products is huge and it will definitely increase the curb appeal of your home.
All that being said, if you live in the beautiful Colorado mountains and want your siding to match the surroundings or just love the look of wood siding, we would be happy to install it for you. There is no question about the beauty of cedar siding and we will make sure your home looks wonderful with it installed.
Colorado Siding Repair
Knows Cedar Siding
Colorado Siding Repair is your trusted siding guide. Our team of experts can help you pick the siding that is best for you, your home, and your budget. We never just want to make a sale but take the educational approach so that you can find the right siding.
We are proud to be a James Hardie Elite Preferred contractor, which means we know these products very well. Our factory trained team will install the James Hardie products right, every time, so that you can enjoy their beauty and durability to the fullest.
Regardless of whether you decide to have fiber cement siding or cedar siding installed, we will guide you through the selection process and make sure everything gets done correctly. Let us know if you have any questions or concerns; we are here to help.
Do not hesitate to call Colorado Siding Repair for a hassle-free quote. We cannot wait to get started on your next exterior home remodel!