Cedar is a softwood of low density, which means that unlike many siding materials, it has an open cell structure. This makes it easy to use as well as a terrific insulator favored by siding contractors like Timberline Roofing & Contracting.

Characteristics

Less heat is transported through the wood due to its density, preventing heat from escaping in the winter and keeping the cool air from escaping in the summer. Likewise, it creates a natural acoustic barrier as it reduces heat flow.

Cedar is also a sustainable, durable, untreated or painted wood. But the main reason people choose cedar siding or cedar shake is not its long-lasting properties, but its style.

Maintenance

Maintenance of cedar siding must be a regular task in order to avoid permanent damage to the exterior of your home. While this material — like other types of wood — is beautiful, durable and tough, you must be up-to-date with cedar siding care and cleaning. This will prevent damage due to mold, mildew, rot and water. Taking extra steps will help you avoid having to deal with any roof insurance claim for any damage.

For any type of wood, moisture is the greatest damaging factor. The amount of moisture and humidity to which the wood is exposed must be limited. There are a few things you can do inside and outside your home to accomplish this.

Make sure your home’s moisture levels are kept under control. In the long term, cedar can be affected by indoor humidity. Make sure your home is well-insulated; this will help some people with moisture levels and problems with moisture, especially getting new replacement windows due to water damage.

Termites can also be the cause of serious and irreparable wood damage. Check the wood regularly for any signs of termite infestation. Keep an eye on any signs like discarded wings, mud tubes or fecal pellets. Keep wood away from the ground so it does not have direct contact with the ground.

Cedar siding is regularly inspected for any signs of cracks or damage. Use a suitable sealant or paint to take prompt care of such cracks. This will prevent and damage moisture from entering the wood.

Like other types of external siding, cedar is prone to accumulation of dust and dirt. You have to clean it twice a year to keep it easier. Use a soap and water solution for general cleaning to scrub the siding and then wash it down. You can use some bleach if you have mold and mildew problems.

We can help you with your cedar siding. Call Timberline Roofing & Contracting today at (612) 263-9700. We work with homeowners in Minneapolis, MN.