Cedar siding maintenance is more about keeping up the look and style of the cedar rather than its natural wood properties and siding capabilities. Cedar naturally has antibacterial and fungal properties allowing it to resist against warping, rotting, or cracking. Cedar does weather, however, which will cause it to change color over time and appear more rugged in aesthetics. The maintenance involved to keep up a cedar siding’s appearance includes re-staining or re-painting on a semi annual basis to preserve the appearance of the siding when it was initially installed and stained.
The climate in which a home is located will determine how often cedar siding maintenance is required.
As with any exterior siding material, you will extend its lifespan with an occasional pressure washing. Similar to a wooden deck, mold and algae can grow on cedar siding which can cause it to begin to deterioration and discoloration. When pressure washing your home’s cedar siding always set it to the lowest pressure and use water with a mix of detergent as a cleaning solution. [Read more…]