Siding is designed to protect your home from the elements. While it must be functional, the siding material you choose should also be esthetic, complementing the architectural style to create a harmonious exterior. Durable and beautiful, cedar is a popular choice for homes in the Pacific Northwest. Cedar siding also appeals to homeowners because, left in its natural state, the wood shakes develop a silvery patina over time.
Depending on the type of cedar, the colour ranges from soft blond to golden honey to deep browns to rich reds. Cedar naturally repels many types of insects that penetrate and damage wood surfaces and structures. It is also moisture-resistant, reducing the possibility of mold and mildew buildup. If the siding matches the climate conditions, it can also reduce utility bills and help to make your house more energy efficient.
If selecting an environmentally friendly siding material is one of your priorities, cedar is a natural choice. It is sustainable, recyclable, produces fewer greenhouse gases, and generates less water and air pollution when being produced than other siding materials. Additional benefits of cedar siding are: immune to changing weather, humidity and temperature conditions; possesses a higher insulating value; and retains its moisture and distinctive wood grain.
Cedar siding produced from trees is typically available in shakes, shingles, clapboard and planks. Mixing and matching different kinds of cedar siding will give a home exterior a unique appearance while adding texture and visual interest. Panels can be installed horizontally, vertically or a combination of vertical and horizontal. While it does have a reputation for being high maintenance, there are simple methods you can use for keeping cedar siding looking new and in good shape.
Cedar siding generally is associated with architectural styles like rustic, cottage or country. It also can be found on many types of heritage facades including bungalow, craftsman and Cape Cod. But cedar siding is becoming more common on contemporary and modern residential buildings. Stark cedar planks, vivid staining techniques or specific cedar plank orientation produce dramatic effects suited to contemporary and modern architecture.