Cedar siding is a classic building material manufactured in a number of siding locking systems bevel siding, tongue & groove, lap siding, board & batten etc. It is mainly made of Western Red Cedar which tends to be the preferred wood siding species for its beauty, durability, ease of use and versatile finishes. Cedar contains natural sap and oil that protects it against insects and moisture. It could also be fire resistant but it takes proper treatment to achieve that quality. Some siding manufacturers like Boston Cedar, Cedar Siding Inc., Michigan PreStain and others do provide cedar siding that is specially treated for higher resistance against the elements and fire.
Cedar is strong material that changes dimensions little over time, and is highly resistant to winds. It will add not only good looks on the exterior of your house but also comfort and calm on the inside. Because of its excellent thermal and sound insulation qualities, much higher than those of concrete and brick, cedar is still preferred by many people nationwide.
Cedar siding has certain disadvantages too. As all wood siding materials, the relatively high level of maintenance comes first. Even if you buy your cedar siding already painted you will have to renew the paint from time to time to avoid faster rotting and deterioration.
Following is a list of the most important features of cedar siding:
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