Cedar Cladding, especially Western Red Cedar Cladding, is more weather resistant than most timber. This makes external cedar cladding a great choice for any buildings, from a small garage or structure to an entire house or cabin.
Typically, you can expect cedar cladding to last for 40-60 years.
How Does Cedar Cladding Age ?
Like all natural products, if left untreated, external cedar cladding will age over time. As it does, it’s appearance will change. Fortunately, although it is a matter of personal preference, most people agree that with timber cladding this only further enhances the aesthetic of the structure.
In most areas, certainly in the UK, untreated external cedar cladding will age and weather to a dark grey colour. Because the conditions that the timber will be subjected to vary by so much in the UK, the appearance of aged cedar cladding may not be completely uniform. In dry climates, it will age to a more consistent silvery grey colour.
To keep the Western Red Cedar Cladding to retain its original colour, it will need to be treated.
How To Care For Cedar Cladding
Because of naturally occurring chemicals in the wood, there is no need to treat external cedar cladding. The material is resistant to decay in it’s raw form, and can last for many years with little attention.
For cosmetic reasons Cedar Cladding accepts wood finishing products including stains, preservatives, oils and varnishes. But should only apply these before fitting the cladding. Varnishes will need to be stripped and reapplied every ten years, while oil based finishes should be reapplied each year.
To preserve the original colour of the external cedar cladding, use a UV blocker. Cedar will still age under a non UV-blocking seal.
Advantages Of Cedar Cladding
- Natural & Sustainable
- Effective Insulator
- Easy To Install
- Minimal Maintenance
- Relatively Cheap
- Looks Great On Any Building
- Can Be Stained Any Colour