Cedar siding naturally has a longevity, but if you are looking for ways to extend that longevity and the investment of your home consider sealant.
Properly sealing cedar siding
Improperly sealing cedar siding can possibly result in an unattractive “bleeding” result. “Bleeding” can occur when chemicals from the seal run down the siding creating dark streaks on the cedar.
To prevent any bleeding, fading, or chipping over time choose a high quality stain. Lower quality sealing products almost always result in a bleed and not protect the cedar from natural elements as well overtime.
Cleaning cedar siding.
To prepare the cedar prior to sealing, it must be cleaned. Dirt and grime on the cedar makes it almost impossible to apply the stain to.
If you are starting with a fresh install of cedar siding on your home, it is best to go ahead and seal your cedar prior to install. This will result in an easier install process as well as prevent any bleeding that may occur. Also, all edges of the siding will be able to be sealed much easier as opposed to trying to seal them already on the house. [Read more…]