Why You Should Paint, Rather Than Stain Cedar Exteriors

Why You Should Paint, Rather Than Stain Cedar Exteriors

As common as Cedar shake siding is in the older homes in the Ann Arbor area, many homeowners do not know how to properly maintain it. The natural appearance and long life of cedar shake make it an attractive siding material that adds charm to many Ann Arbor area homes, but Cedar will turn gray over time when exposed to the environment in its unprotected state. Stains maintain the natural look of the wood. A common mistake is painting Cedar shake or other Cedar siding. Cedar is one of the most durable softwoods, offering excellent noise abatement, insulation, and longevity. That’s why Elysium Painting Company recommends a high quality stain rather than paint on Cedar. Unfortunately Cedar naturally sheds, which can make it a bad match for paint.This problem is part of an ongoing analysis and investigation we, as house painting contractors, are conducting, in order to provide our clients the best possible results for their paint job. When dead wood fiber is present on a surface, it cannot be successfully painted or stained. Before too long, especially in the areas most exposed to the sun, the coating will massively fail.

Exterior paint on cedar shingle can result in this type of peeling.

Exterior paint on cedar shingle can result in this type of peeling.

The Benefits of Cedar Exteriors

Cedar is a low-density softwood, meaning that it has an open cell structure, unlike many siding materials. This makes it a light wood that is easy for construction, as well as making it a terrific insulator. Because of the density, less heat is transported through the wood, keeping heat from escaping in the winter and the cool air from escaping in the summer. Similarly, as it reduces heat flow, it creates a natural acoustic barrier Cedar is also a sustainable, durable wood, whether painted, treated or left untreated. But the main reason people choose cedar siding, or cedar shake, is not really its durable properties, but the style.

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Cedar siding—also called cedar shakes or cedar shingles—comes in a variety of stains and textures, including cedar shake. It is one of the warmest woods, offering a very natural look to your home that blends in well with your environment. The spectrum of patterns and styles in cedar siding is broad, and includes bevel, board and batten, channel, tongue and groove, and wavy edge bevel. In its natural, unfinished and unstained state, this cedar shake look offers a textured, grainy wood with subtle aroma. Stained, it retains the attractive perceptible grain, but can offer a wider variety of exterior home design options. And, of course, if you prefer to paint your cedar siding, that is an option as well but to avoid potentially disastrous peeling it’s important to prep and prime correctly – call us for a free painting estimate and we’ll tell you all about it!

Staining brings out the rugged appeal of Cedar shake and is a long lasting exterior finish.

Staining brings out the rugged appeal of Cedar shake and is a long lasting exterior finish.

Cedar Shake Exterior Staining And Maintenance

Cedar has natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, helping ease the worry of excess warping, rotting and cracking. It does weather, though, changing color throughout time, offering a much more rugged look than stained cedar siding offers. What shade should you stain your siding? For those who like the stained look, cedar requires more maintenance than many other woods. To preserve the style you will need to re-stain on a semi-annual basis. We can help with that – we offer great returning client discounts for exterior and interior painting.

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