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Ptron 02-19-2010 03:25 PM

Cedar siding: why can't I just let it weather?
I was planning on putting up cedar lap siding on my house and letting it go. I think the grey, weathered cedar is pretty and natural looking. Both of my parents' houses are that way. Well, one is lap and the other is tounge and groove. The t&g one has some rotted spots but it also has other issues that could be hastening the problem. The lap one is pretty much spotless and both are 30+ years old!

Are rotting issues the reason I see it said that cedar siding requires constant maintenance? Seems like natural cedar is a farily common look, or at least it was.

oh'mike 02-19-2010 04:29 PM

Sadly todays cedar is softer,has more knots and tends to be cut thinner than the cedar of yesterday.

Traditionally cedar was left natural and lasted a lifetime.

I think you would be taking a chance with what's available in the lumber yards.

If money is no object,you could order old growth clear. Just bring a fat wallet.--Mike--

Tom Struble 02-19-2010 04:36 PM

you can have that color and protection too

user1007 02-19-2010 05:12 PM

Used to use redwood and cedar all the time. Let it weather to the look like what you have in mind.

Raced a Cheoy Lee Lion 35' sailboat with a teak deck that was never touched with anything either. Tad gray looking.

Once you start finishing woods they take more maintenance than anything else.

Tom Struble 02-19-2010 07:56 PM

see it all depends on things such as sun/rain exposure,humidity levels,mold sources etc just because these houses happened to turn a nice gray,yours may just turn black,wood siding is a big investment and most are going to need some treatment for the reasons Mike suggested

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