Cedar House Staining
Rough cut cedar on the outside of a home is a beautiful wood product that has a lot of character and natural wood graining appearance. It is a very popular trim and siding protector for the exterior of a lot of homes. A fresh coat of stain protects the wood and can bring the outside trim or your homes siding to life.
Cedar is very porous and will often have weathering and pollutants in the nooks and crannies. It is important to get all of the loose and failing stain off prior to staining it. Once the surface is prepped, apply a good bead of latex caulk in the wood gaps and joints to prevent bowing and future wood cracking.
Rough cut cedar can be stained with a semi-transparent stain, solid stain or can even be painted with an acrylic latex paint. When you use a solid stain or a latex paint, you can choose any color; however, if you decide on a semi transparent stain, you cannot change the color. Rough cut cedar should usually receive 2 coats of a good quality paint or stain in order to protect it. You can count on the cedar to last about 8 years, if it's prepared and applied properly.
You may notice a bowing affect to the cedar as it starts showing its age from weathering, sun light, wind and rain. The bowing sometimes leads to cracks or loose boards. It's very important to have a professional painter pound in loose nails to get the boards back to flush. If the nails pop back out because they have nothing to grip into behind the cedar board, then you need to use wood screws to get the boards secure to the home.
Rough cut cedar is a beautiful product, but it does need maintenance. When cedar siding is maintained properly, it can last up to 8 years, can be any color, and you can still have a nice, real natural wood grain look on the outside of your home.