If you are looking for a beautiful wooden siding that has a natural resistance to rot, bacteria, and mildew, you do not have to look any further than cedar siding. It is warm and beautiful and has a unique appeal. Although you can choose to let it age naturally, you can also preserve your wood with paint or stain. But which one will it be? All three of these choices have pros and cons.
Will You Leave It Natural?
Many people are attracted to cedar siding due to the unique grain patterns that can be found in the wood. If you leave your wood natural, you will be able to see these more clearly. Unfortunately, if you do choose to leave your wood untreated, it will be more susceptible to damage from the sun, wind, and rain. Over time, these elements will turn your untreated cedar siding gray.
If you want to preserve the fresh natural color of your cedar, consider sealing your siding with a clear or lightly tinted sealer. This sealer will help your wood retain its natural oil, as well as act as a UV blocker against the sun's damaging rays. It will also help to protect your siding from moisture that can promote rot or decay. If you choose to apply a sealer, for maximum protection and to keep your home looking good, it will need to be reapplied approximately every four to five years.
Will You Stain It?
If you are looking for a way to give your siding color but still want to highlight the natural textures of your cedar siding, consider one of the stains that are on the market. These are available in two basic formulas.
- Semi-transparent stains - are lightly pigmented, which in turn will give you the ability to add color to your wood while still allowing more of the wood's textures to show through then any other types of stain.
- Semi-solid stains - these offer you more pigment or color than a semi-transparent stain, but less color than you will find in a paint. Although they will cover better than a sealer or a semi-transparent stain, you will still be able to see some of the texture of your cedar through the stain.
Whichever one you choose to use, remember that when you are staining, you will usually get better results by using two coats versus applying a single coat. This is because the wood will slightly absorb the first coat, and the second coat will give you more of the color you are looking for. Remember, you will not be able to see the true color until your wood has completely dried.
Will You Paint It?
Depending on the type of look that you are trying to achieve, you may want to consider painting your cedar siding. This is often very popular with many New England style homes. Although painting your siding will cover up most of your wood's patterns, this will give you truer color than any other type of finish.
For the best results, your siding will need to be primed prior to applying your paint. Priming will help your paint to adhere better, as well as help to seal your siding so that you will need less paint.
No matter which option you choose, always make sure that you remove any mildew stains, dirt, or other types of surface contaminants prior to applying any type of stain. This will ensure that your siding is more uniform in color once your project is complete. This can be done with an over-the-counter wood cleaner or a mixture of household bleach, dish detergent, and water.
If you hire professional house painters to get this job done, they will have the knowledge and the equipment to not only paint your siding but properly prepare it prior to it being painted. Call local house painters today to come out and give you an estimate to get the job done.