Life of Cedar Sidings

sethrameshAugust 23, 2005

What is the life of Cedar siding?

I am looking to buy a home that has 30 year old Cedar sidings. The sidings look light bluish in color, never stained or painted and the owner tells me that the cedar changes color naturally. I notice some bulge/cracks at some places

I was wondering whether I need to replace the siding. What is a typical life of the cedar? The house located 100 feet from a lake. Any one knows Sq. foot rate for Cedar or hardi plank siding?

Your info is appreciated


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We used cedar siding.We built a barn about 25 years ago its still looks great.We used a transparent colored stain,rhat still looks good.It is expensive...We now have it on 2 other buildings for 13 years same thing no problems.also we liked the rough side of board.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2005 at 8:06AM
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There are some cabins at the Grand Canyon with 100-year old siding.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2005 at 9:13AM
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My house was built in 1952 and has the original cedar siding in perfect condition...and I live in rainy Seattle.
An addition we did in 1979 also has cedar siding and no overhangs to protect it: it looks fine. The main problem with cedar siding is that the new stuff is not as high quality growth as the old. Yours should be fine if it gets taken care of (i.e., stained or painted as the case may be).

    Bookmark   August 26, 2005 at 12:29PM
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All cedar is not created equal. Older cedar was often thicker.

By the time the siding on our home was 30 years old almost half of the siding needed to be replaced. We lived 2 blocks from a coastal area and had driving wind and sideways rain. It had been applied with finishing nails, so as the boards warped the nail went into the board and left it exposed inside to the elements. The 20 hour a day sun during the summer was very hard on it.

The two sides of the house not so exposed to the elements had a much better lifespan.

Replacing with clear cut rather than with knots was very expensive.

Just because it is 30 years old doesn't mean it won't be in good shape. Have the cracks checked to see if water damage has occurred. Are they well attached to the house? It may be only certain areas need repair and those will end up with the natural color within a couple of years.


    Bookmark   August 26, 2005 at 6:22PM
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Our big old Victorian was buildt in 1883, and still has the original cedar siding. When it was stripped down and painted last year it still looked "new" under the paint, and believe it or not, still had that cedar fragrance!

    Bookmark   September 23, 2005 at 1:15PM
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