Wood siding is known for its beauty and durability. While it is one of the most beautiful sidings available, it is also quite expensive and repairs can also be costly. As with anything in your home, it is important to take care of your cedar siding before it falls into disrepair. So how do you take care of this beautiful siding? Read on to find out.
Start with Protection
As with any wood products that is going to sit outside, cedar siding needs protection that comes in the form of paints, stains, and clear sealers. Applying one of these solutions will protect your investment from water damage, fading, mold, and the elements. Although cedar siding is naturally resistant to rot, not all siding options are so make sure to talk to your siding contractor for your best options. You should apply a paint or sealer regularly to avoid potential damage.
Just like other siding, cedar siding is prone to dust and dirt accumulation so regular cleaning is required. Make sure to clean your siding at least twice a year so it is easily maintained. Use a pressure washer on the lowest setting in order to avoid damaging the wood and getting water under the siding. Use soap and water to scrub the siding and spray it down with the pressure washer. If you have mold and mildew on your cedar siding, use a bleach or vinegar to remove it. Use a soft brush to scrub the siding and wash it with soap before the bleach or vinegar does permanent damage to the wood.
It is important to regularly inspect your cedar siding for cracks and possible pest damage. Woodpeckers, termites, and other bugs love to hang around your cedar siding. Deter birds from your home by adding wind chimes near the siding. Regularly inspecting the wood can help you spot possible damage. If you see mud tubes, fecal pellets, or wings, call an exterminator right away. Try to keep your wood away from the ground and from pests.
Cedar siding is beautiful but does come with some responsibility. But the work will be worth the reward when you have a beautiful home. For more information or to have cedar siding installed outside of your home, call Absolute Home Solutions today!
Caring for Your Cedar Siding with Absolute Home Solutions
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