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.
If you are resealing the siding than you must clean it first to allow the sealer to stick to the cedar. If you are hesitant about damaging the cedar from a tool such as a pressure washer, it is recommended to clean it by hand. Obviously this will be a more time consuming, tedious process but the results will be clean, undamaged cedar ready to be sealed. If using a pressure washer, use it on the lowest setting possible.
It is also a good time to check for any preexisting damage to any siding that may need to be replaced.
Once you have cleaned the siding make sure it is dry before beginning the sealing process.
The process of sealing cedar siding.
Once the cedar is completely dry, you can begin the sealing process. If you did not already remove any fixtures, plants, or furniture near your house where the siding will be sealed, go ahead and do so. This is also a good time to recaulk any windows or doors that may need it.
The sealant may be applied with a brush or roll, depending on the area of siding. Brushes are better to get into smaller areas with grooves, while bigger areas can be easier rolled with an even coat. Make sure to pay extra special attention to areas more vulnerable to moisture, such as joints, edges, and board ends.
Maintaining sealed cedar siding
Properly applied high-quality stain should last 5 to 7 years. This greatly depends on the climate you are located. Some sealing may need a light re-coating ever two years.
There are ways homeowners can extend the lifespan of their sealed cedar siding. Experts suggest routine maintenance such as:
- Wash at least once a year. A simple garden hose can make a huge difference getting the dirt off the siding, or pressure wash on the lowest setting.
- Periodically check for damaged siding.
- Trim any trees or plant life. They should be at least 2 feet away from the siding.
- Maintain clean gutters that are not overflowing.
EMA Construction are experts in cedar siding in the greater Cincinnati, OH area. If you are wondering about cedar siding sealant, installation, or replacement contact us for more information. Cedar siding is a wonderful way to beautify the exterior of your home and an investment you won’t regret as a homeowner!