- How long does Western Red cedar siding last?
- What kind of maintenance is required for Western Red cedar siding?
- What kind of maintenance is required for Western Red cedar decking?
- What are the benefits of having Lakeside Lumber pre-prime or pre-stain your siding before application?
- Is it true that, as compared to Western Red Cedar, Eastern White shingles and trim do not need to be treated?
- Aside from Western Red Cedar, what other wood products does Lakeside carry in its inventory?
- How much siding do I need?
- How do I select the right siding for my house?
- How do I select the right siding applicator?
1. How long does Western Red cedar siding last?
Western Red Cedar contains natural oils that act as a wood preservative to resist insect attack and decay. It exhibits high dimensional stability and contains no pitch. Properly pre-treated, installed, and maintained Western Red Cedar siding can enhance a home's exterior for 50-70 years.
2. What kind of maintenance is required for Western Red cedar siding?
Although cedar is a natural durable species, leaving it untreated is not recommended because a finish or protective coating will greatly increase it's service life. Cedar is free of pitch and with its high degree of dimensional stability, it is the best of the softwoods for accepting paints, stains, oils and other coatings. Lakeside Lumber recommends an initial coat of high quality oil based primer on all four sides of the siding, followed by two coats of high quality 100% acrylic latex paint.
In the event you choose to stain your siding, see the reference to cedar decking maintenance, with the understanding that you will enjoy slightly longer life for stained siding than decking. That is because decking takes the full brunt of sun and weather, wereas siding can be protected by eaves, trees and northern and eastern exposures.
3. What kind of maintenance is required for Western Red cedar decking?
Maintenance of cedar decking depends on the type of stain applied. The darker the pigment, the longer mainentance can be delayed. In case of clear stains, maintenance should be yearly. In the case of darker semi-transparent stains, maintenance may occur every 2 years, depending on exposure to the elements. Western Red Cedar should be preservative treated if intended for use in applications where it comes in contact with the ground. The use of a pressure washer, cleaner or brightener is recommended before stain application in the event the cedar has grayed considerably.
4. What are the benefits of having Lakeside Lumber preprime or prestain your siding before application?
Lakeside Lumber has the unique ability to preprime or prestain all four sides of any of its wood products prior to application. This automated process is highly cost effective and coats the entire board. Recent research from the U.S. Forest Products Lab indicates that siding exposed to the weather for 2-3 weeks weathers enough to reduce the adhesion of film forming finishes. Pre-priming or pre-finishing siding protects the wood from water penetration, helps prevent staining caused by mildew and extractives and can increase the service life of the top coats.
Related article: Leaky Housewraps - an article on the topic of the importance of backpriming by Paul Fisette with the University of Massachusetts at Amherst
5. Is it true that, as compared to Western Red Cedar, Eastern White shingles and trim do not need to be treated?
The scientific name for Eastern White Cedar is Thuyas Occidentalis. Of all the different types of wood, Eastern White Cedar is among the most durable. Eastern White Cedar has been used in Canada and the United States for over 100 years. Left untreated, Eastern White Shingles age well, developing a silver gray finish. This remarkable effect clearly distinguishes Eastern White from Western Red, which tend to turn dark in color as it ages. Oil based or light color pigment stains may also be applied to maintain the natural color of the wood.
6. Aside from Western Red Cedar, what other wood products does Lakeside carry in its inventory?
Lakeside also carries:
- Eastern White Shingles
- Tight Knot Hemlock Bevel
- Hemlock and Pine Tounge and Groove
- Breckenridge Plywood
- Mahogany and IPE Decking
- Red and Yellow Balau
7. How much siding do I need?
We strongly suggest that you take advantage of Lakeside Lumber's free siding estimate to avoid unnecessary overages, which are typically subject to a 10% restocking fee. Please call us 877-877-8319 for a free siding estimate.
8. How do I select the right siding for my house?
There are a wide variety of possiblities when selecting the siding that is just right for your home. Lakeside Lumber prides itself on a vast inventory of different bevels, tounge and groove, shakes, shingles and hard to find patterns. Call a Lakeside salesperson, (866) 635-3695, or better yet visit our showroom and benefit from Lakeside's over 65 years of siding experience.
9. How do I select the right siding applicator?
- A good rule of thumb is to obtain at least three siding quotes.
- Ask each prospective siding applicator to provide you with references on their last seven jobs.
- Contact those homeowners relative to their satisfaction concerning the work performed.
- Use our link to the Construction Contractor's Board to see if the contractor is in good standing, and is currently bonded.
- Contact the Better Business Bureau (503) 226-3981
- Contact the Department of Justice Consumer Hotline (503) 378-4320 or (503) 229-5576.
- Document any changes to the contract in writing.
- Don't hire contractor on a "time and material basis" Get a fixed price bid beforehand.
- Don't automatically take the lowest bid.
- Don't pay the entire contract up front.