Cedar siding helps boost your home’s aesthetic and provides the kind of curb appeal you’ve always wanted. It is a solid, durable and weather-resistant material that doesn’t require much maintenance to make it look good. Even so, it is important that you give it the care it deserves so you can avoid common home problems like mold, mildew, rot and water damage.
A Cut Above Exteriors, the leading siding contractor in the area, discusses cedar siding maintenance and how it should be done.
Moisture is the number one enemy of any type of wood. That said, you must ensure the control of your home’s humidity levels as it can affect cedar over long periods. Adequate insulation helps in limiting this problem. Also, prevent water from getting to your siding by removing clogs from your gutters and downspouts.
Preserving Its Appearance
Cedar siding is designed to weather, which means it will change color throughout time. Siding installation pros recommend restaining or repainting the material to preserve its style as it was first installed and stained. Painting or staining needs to be done about every five years or as soon as you notice some deterioration. For added protection against moisture and thermal expansion, apply a clear sealer. It must be reapplied at least every two years.
Cleaning It Regularly
Like any other type of siding material, cedar is prone to dust and dirt. Be sure to clean it twice a year for easier maintenance. A pressure washer helps get rid of them right away, though scrubbing it with a soap-water solution and then washing it down using a garden hose will suffice. For specific stains like mildew and rust, use an appropriate cleanser.
For your siding replacement needs, turn to A Cut Above Exteriors. Whether you are looking for pre-primed or stained siding, we offer a variety of styles to choose from. Call us at (503) 334-0733 or file our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve residents of Portland, OR.