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Old 02-19-2010, 03:25 PM   #1
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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.

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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.

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you can have that color and protection too
http://www.cabotstain.com/products/p...TypeName=Clear
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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.
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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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