Cedar is a remarkable natural resource. It’s organic resistance to pests and moisture support its remarkable structural integrity and durability. Cedar wood is world famous for its beautiful aesthetic as well. It’s straight grain and gorgeous color make it a fantastic addition to any building’s aesthetic. The structure of the wood also offers a happy medium of strength and weight, enabling the product to serve as both an interior and exterior material.
Most often shaped into beveled boards, cedar siding lends itself well to a layered effect. The product’s installation and upkeep are relatively simple, but the material does require a greater investment of time and elbow grease over the long term. Other options such as vinyl and fiber cement tend to be better options for those seeking a low-maintenance alternative. Cedar siding will require treatment every five to ten years, depending on its exposure to adverse weather conditions. A versatile material, cedar wood can be stained or painted any shade you like.
Benefits of Cedar Siding
“Green” and Environmentally Conscious
Cedar, as a construction material, requires a much lower amount of energy investment than its synthetic counterparts, at least in its initial production. Materials such as fiber cement, vinyl, or steel tend to require a greater amount of processing and therefore contribute to larger energy consumption. In the United States, wood and lumber products make up more than 40% of the building materials used, but their portion of production and manufacturing energy consumption hovers around 4%, one tenth of that. In addition to having a relatively low energy cost, lumber production also creates fewer greenhouse gasses than the production of synthetic construction materials. Lumber is also a renewable resource that can be replenished as well as reused and recycled.
Natural Preservative Compounds
As a wood, cedar creates its own organic preservative compounds. Cedar oil eliminates the need for an additional chemical preservation. As the chemicals often employed to protect and preserve other wood products can be detrimental to people’s health, this is a significant plus.
Cedar’s organic resistance to pests and rot make it a fantastic choice for exterior paneling. Its structural integrity is also remarkable, allowing it to remain strong and beautiful even in extreme weather conditions.
Incredible Beauty and Aroma
Artists and construction workers alike marvel at the beauty and aroma of cedar and have done so for many years. The wood’s natural aesthetic appeal—the smooth texture of its grain and depth of its hue—lend themselves well to a vast array of styles and designs. Cedar is also quite receptive to many finishing products such as paint, stain, and oil. Cedar’s scent is a particular and quite pleasing one, often described as sharp and clear with an essence of pine.
Cedar is an exceptionally easy material to work with. The wood takes well to being shaped, adhered, and sanded. It is produced in light, long panels of lumber that are easily cut down to size and secured in place with a hammer and nails. Cedar can be lined up to form a nearly seamless surface or carved into any number of patterns. The wood also has a remarkably low level of resin in its grain, allowing the lumber to bond well with many types of glue and be receptive to many stains and paints.
Cedar Siding Installation
Touted as one of the most high-quality construction materials on the planet, cedar is internationally recognized for its aesthetic appeal, remarkable durability, structural integrity, and insulating properties. Whatever your project, cedar is perfect for the job.
If you would like to have cedar siding installed on your building, giving you many years of low-maintenance, affordable paneling, contact Dallas Siding Company. We would love to talk with you about how we can make your cedar siding dreams come true.