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Old 01-10-2009, 08:36 PM   #1
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Should I cedar shingle my house?


I'm buying a house here in North Florida. Right now it has laminate board type siding that needs some work. I am thinking of stripping it all off an doing it in cedar shingles. This is not anything I've done before and cedar shingle houses are not too common around here. Is this difficult? Does anyone know where I can find a book on such a project?

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I'm not sure it would be a great idea in such a humid climate or with saltwater if you're near the ocean. Not sure what common practice is down there though. It is something you could do as a DIYer but you really do need to know what you're doing first. I think the cedar burea has some good online resources.

I have cedar siding and hate it. It has held up well since 1959 to its credit, but I would never elect to install it on my home if I had the choice.

My preference would be something completely decay-proof. Cementitious lap siding in this case would be pretty hard to beat and you get the same look.

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now me i LOVE cedarmaybe you should look into cypress siding in Fla
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Being near the water is not a problem, this siding is heavily used in New England. And right on the water as well.
It not hard to do if you know how. If you dont there is a high possibility for leaks. I dont know if there are books, Im sure there are. It is a slow process. Good weather barrier is very important. And Cedar needs to be maintained (stain) or it will degrade and get ugly.
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funny i dont find weathered cedar ugly.
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I sell paint for a living, and have dealt with hundreds of homeowners with cedar siding. Most are like "thekctermite", and don't like it. Although cedar is decay and terminte resistant, it requires a lot of maintenance to keep an attractive appearance. In the Florida sun, I would anticipate a new coat of stain every 18-36 months. A cementitious type siding is an excellent choice for your application. Is it possible to use cedar as an accent--gabled dormer, covered porch?
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In Florida with the winds, you would probably want minimum exposure(5"- 6"). #1 Cedar runs about $87.00 a box up here in LI, NY. It takes 3 boxes to get a square of shingles, with I think, a 14" exposure. So three boxes would cover alot less with a 6" exposure.
Bottom line is that cedar is expensive, so you would need to know the budget before you make the choice.
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thats still cheaper than the plastic ones

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