First impressions are everything and a great way to make an impact is by using Western Red Cedar on the key features of your home. Cedar’s natural properties and timeless beauty will outperform most woods by decades! It consistently provides long-term durability and excellent overall performance, as such, it is one of the most reliable products for prominent components in exterior features.
With this in mind, the choice of how to finish your Western Red Cedar siding is an important consideration. You can safely leave it in its natural state. In time the wood will turn a natural patina requiring minimal upkeep.
Inversely, you may want to preserve the beautiful variegated tones of your new wood. For this, either a semi-transparent or a full transparent finish is your best choice. The pigments in these products help protect the appearance of the cedar from UV damage, thus preserving the natural variegated tones of the wood. Solid finishes are also fully acceptable. This of course will cover the natural colour of the wood; however, cedar takes paint well and the finish will last many years when applied right.
For best results, ensure the installer finishes all 6 sides of the wood. This will help prevent moisture from migrating into the wood from the back side or ends, effectively neutralizing the stresses of trapped moisture (swelling, freezing, drying unevenly) which in turn enhances the life and performance of your finish and keep the wood from splitting or cupping.
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