Is cedar shake siding a good investment? In many cases yes, although the cost of cedar shake siding can be an issue for some people. As one of the top sellers of shingles and siding in the greater Fairfax area, we wanted to address some of the common questions people have about cedar siding, as well as some alternatives you might consider as well.
What Are the Benefits of Cedar Shake Siding?
As a low-density softwood, cedar offers a few major benefits as siding. It’s an excellent insulator, helping to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Those insulating properties also make it good for soundproofing as well. This makes it a good choice for people who want long-lasting insulation.
Additionally, cedar is beautiful – one of the most valued types of wood you can put on your home. The “rustic” appearance of cedar isn’t for everyone, but if it matches the look and feel of your home, cedar shake siding can significantly improve its curb appeal.
Does Cedar Siding Need to Be Finished?
Not necessarily. Cedar shake siding can be put in place with its natural color, or with a finish. Just be aware that unfinished cedar will weather and change color over time. For those with an overall rustic design aesthetic, this can actually be a benefit, as the cedar picks up more ‘personality.’ However, those who want to stick with the color they installed will likely want to finish it so that it doesn’t change as much over the years.
How Long Does Cedar Siding Last? Does It Require Much Maintenance?
Cedar has natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, so it can actually last much longer than other types of wood siding. It’s less susceptible to damage, which adds to its longevity.
However, be aware that if your cedar is stained and you want to keep the stained color, it will require re-staining once or twice a year depending on how much weathering it takes. Of course, if you want the rustic worn look, this isn’t an issue.
Are There Alternatives to Cedar Shake Siding?
Yes! If you want the look and feel of cedar, but for less cost and with less maintenance needed, there’s JamesHardie Shingles. They’re almost identical to real cedar but are a significantly better value – although they won’t weather like cedar.
Want to discuss your options in cedar shake siding? Just contact NuHome for a consultation.