Cedar & Exotic Hardwoods

High quality siding can be a definitive feature of your property, and if you want to make a solid statement, cedar siding is an excellent choice. It has a warm and natural look, and is also one of the most durable types of exterior siding available on the market. Cedar adds character to any building, and provides a unique, distinguished look.

Benefits of Cedar Siding

Cedar siding is an excellent choice that vastly increases the curb appeal of any home. Here are the qualities that make cedar siding perfect for protecting exteriors:

  • Sustainable. Since cedar requires minimal processing and treatment, it produces the least solid waste and greenhouse gas as well as air and water pollution during the manufacturing process. Cedar siding is completely biodegradable when it serves its lifetime of use and lasts much longer than other wood counterparts.
  • Beautiful. The unique, natural beauty of cedar has been used on buildings for ages and it blends in with almost any background. With a wide variety of styles, colors and types, each homeowner can find an option that fits their personality, as cedar materials can provide both a traditional and a modern look, depending on the style of the siding.
  • Durable. This type of siding withstands weather extremes and is water, decay, fungi and bug resistant. It also doesn’t swell, bend or split, but to ensure maximum durability, it is best to coat the materials with a protective finish. Then all cedar siding requires is cleaning twice a year and regular inspections for termites and moisture. Given that you take good care of it, cedar siding can stay beautiful and last for decades.
  • Naturally warm. Cedar has excellent insulating properties which makes it a perfect siding material. It keeps your house cool during summer and prevents warm air from escaping during cold winter months. Since wood siding protects the structure from excess water, heat and dryness, it therefore reduces chances of internal structure problems.

Cedar siding maintenance

Siding and roofing products made from cedar contain natural oils that preserve its natural beauty and repel rot, mildew, pests and insects. However, cedar materials can lose these natural oils when it is not properly maintained, thus making it more prone to damage. Maintenance can slow down this process and help you maintain your exterior.
It is highly recommended to apply a coat of stain or paint on the materials prior to the installation of your new wood siding, and the manufacturer or installer usually takes care of that to ensure that your siding is well protected. In order to preserve the materials, it is recommended to reapply the paint or stain once every couple of years and arrange maintenance inspections once every year.
When installed and maintained properly, wood siding can last up to 75 years and provide your home not only with unmatched beauty, but with excellent protection against the elements and cold as well. When you’re in search of someone to take a look at your siding, call EDG Renovations. We will examine your siding carefully and honestly inform you of any imperfections.

Exotic Hardwood Decks and Siding

Exotic hardwood decking materials range from Ipe and Tigerwood to Red Balau and Mahogany. These products are highly desired due to their incredible natural beauty, durability, and almost complete lack of knots.

Homeowners often think that because something is labeled as “exotic” that it is more expensive, but this isn’t always the case. If you take into consideration all of the benefits that come with using exotic hardwood on your deck, you’ll actually save money over time. The long lasting nature of these exotic hardwood materials is a huge benefit that draws in contractors and homeowners alike.

Exotic hardwoods are well known for being low-maintenance materials for decking. In most cases, you’ll only need to reseal it every other year as opposed to every year. Staining will only need to be done when you notice considerable fading, which will happen at a slower rate than with other decking materials. In most cases, the only maintenance needed is a spray down with the hose, or a quick sweep to off all the wet leaves in fall.

Exotic hardwoods are an excellent choice for decks due to its natural resistance to all the things that cause a deck to decay and need replacing. Other materials will need protective finishes to avoid harmful damage from moisture, but the resins within exotic hardwoods allow the material to resist moisture, rot and insects without those extra finishes. They also tend to have a little more protection against the damage from the sun, because of those natural oils within.

Exotic hardwood decks tend to be a tad more expensive than common cedar and redwood decking upfront, but for good reason: it provides one of the highest values of any deck material available. To put it simply, you get a lot of “bang for your buck” because of their durability and aesthetic value. If you are interested in learning more about our exotic decks like ipe, tigerwood and more, please contact us to speak with a decking specialist today!

Exotic hardwood maintenance should only be performed by trained professionals. We have years of experience not only installing but also maintaining all different types of exoctic decking. Each different species of wood needs to be treated differently and maintained with the proper products.

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