Can Cedar Match Up?

So now that you know about some of the downsides of aluminum or vinyl siding which are very similar to traditional roofs (click this link for reference), I am sure most of you are asking whether or not cedar would be a viable replacement to your current siding?

Sure, using cedar does a huge favor to our Mother Earth when she has to try and take care of the excess waste from all of our non-biodegradable materials but will cedar get the job done and do what we want it to do? Can it protect your home against harsh weather conditions? Is it as easy to repair or replace if a huge storm comes through and some inevitable damage occurs?

Of Course it Does!

sidingI think it goes without saying that technology has gone pretty far in today’s day and age in pretty much every facet of our every day lives. The materials that are used to build homes are no different and I am sure many of you are thinking that when cedar is used for siding or a roof it looks like some trees were simply cut down and hammered into place, not giving your home the same protection as some durable vinyl or aluminum.

This is simply not the case and even though cedar would be the primary material that would be used, it is not the only thing and there are many different methods and techniques that are implemented to ensure your home is getting the maximum potential protection that it deserves. You can click this link and hear it from Bob Villa himself if you don’t want to take our word for it!

Cedar wouldn’t be gaining the credibility and popularity that it has been receiving in recent years if it left your home vulnerable to storms and harsh weather. This is probably the most common misconception and criticism that I have heard over the years and it is very understandable. When you picture cedar in your head you really can’t help but think it isn’t going to be as strong as vinyl or aluminum, but this is just something you will have to see for yourself to believe!

On To Traditional Siding

Now that we have talked about and discussed in more detail what some of the more common roofing styles for homes these days are with our last discussion, we can change directions a little bit and talk a little bit about the siding of a home.

Similarly to Asphalt Roofs…

siding1So just like asphalt, metal, and other common roofing styles, the most traditional styles and materials that go into siding for homes include vinyl, aluminum, and even metal. Now just like I have mentioned previously, I don’t have the exact numbers or statistics on some of the things I talk about and most of this is based on my gut feeling and general experience in the industry so take my information with a grain of salt. I just want to get the discussion going!

Anyways, there again is nothing wrong if you are using one of these styles for your home and it is probable that the vast majority of home owners reading this do in fact use one of the materials I mentioned above.

But…

Just like asphalt, these materials are not biodegradable in the least bit and whenever a home is renovated and the siding is torn off and replaced it will end up in the exact same place that a metal roof will go. Yup, right into a landfill where it will spend the rest of its existence (which will be for many more years than us!).

So What About Traditional Roofing Styles?

I hope that most of you out there can agree with what I was talking about in regards to cedar helping out the environment. I hope even more that the majority of you agree with the fact that if we as a whole society don’t start doing our own little parts in helping out then we will be leaving quite a mess for future generations to clean up.

Where Does Asphalt or Vinyl Go?

shinglesUnlike cedar which is obviously derived from trees, asphalt and vinyl are man made products which are not biodegradable and will always pile up in landfills. In the past I have always used typical roofing companies, one of which I have used a few times being Stcharlesroof.com – Best Roofing Contractors (nothing against these guys, they always did a great job). The problem here is that if you noticed, they only offer asphalt or metal material to use for their services.

This is the standard practice all across the country so I don’t want to talk down about them or other roofing companies, but I think if more of the more popular companies started offering cedar as a product then more people would be on board with giving it a try and seeing how beneficial it can actually be.

I think this is a huge problem in regards to the low popularity of using cedar for a house. There aren’t many companies out there that even offer or carry it in their inventory so the majority of people probably don’t even realize how much of a viable option it can really be. Just like my examples from earlier, I think if everyone made small changes in their every day lives like giving this alternative material a try then the benefits will be huge for our future generations, instead of just leaving them with a huge mess and expect them to pick up all of the pieces.

Now What Does Cedar Do?

So now that you know my main reason for converting to using cedar and other environmentally friendly life alterations, you might be wondering what exactly does cedar to contribute.

What Comes From The Earth Goes Back In

cedar1What separates Cedar from other roofing & siding materials is that it comes from wood, which is the only material out of the bunch that is 100% biodegradable & renewable. The wood used obviously comes right from the ground and once the material has done what it was made to do it will eventually go right back into the ground and giving nutrients back to the Earth.

When you think about more traditional roofing & siding materials like asphalt, vinyl, or aluminum it might make more sense about what I mean by biodegradable and renewable. When a roof is torn down or replaced, where do you think all of that asphalt and vinyl goes?

Yup, right into a junk yard where it still remain for many years to come. It is very rare that these materials are recycled and even if they are, you can probably only expect to see about 10-20% of it overall actually being re-used. Now think about how many homes are in the country and how many use asphalt shingles for their roof. All of these shingles have to go somewhere when they are done being used and they definitely aren’t going back into the ground.

Why I Began Loving Cedar

Looking back when I first began my journey with Cedar-Siding.com and the world of using cedar in general, I remember that main reason I was so intrigued was the fact that it is so much better for the environment than the more standard materials generally used. Now I don’t consider myself a hippie or anything, but I really do believe we are living in a critical time in history in regards to taking care of the Earth as much as we can.

We All Need To Pitch In

forestMany people out there (you might even be reading this right now) don’t believe in climate change or how much damage we are doing to our oceans and rain forests and I personally think they either don’t care, are delusional, or simply don’t want to believe it. Now I don’t have children myself, but if I did you better believe I would be all that more passionate about helping the environment because we truly are leaving them with a huge mess that they are going to have to clean up once our generation is gone.

Now I don’t think that the world would be saved if everyone chose to drive a hybrid or use cedar as an alternative building material, but if we all made little changes to our lives then the world would be in much better shape. Little things like these are what I am referring to. I don’t want everyone out there to completely change their everyday lives, but these simple changes can go a long way.

Now that I got that out of the way I can actually start talking about cedar next.

Going Outside The Norm

How many people out there have decided to go with Cedar for the material they used for their siding or roofs?

I am assuming not many, but the trend seems to be picking up a little bit of steam throughout the country and I want to encourage everyone to consider using this alternative building material as opposed to the more traditional styles and I am going to use this page as an attempt to do so!

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The Traditional Styles

As far as siding goes, I think it is pretty obvious that the most common material that is used would be either vinyl, metal, or aluminum. The reasons for this is because they have simply been around forever and not many supply groups or companies have really tried to venture out from this norm very much.

Having been with Cedar-Siding.com since 2002, I can tell you that not many people are even aware of the fact that cedar is an option for their homes! The reason I have been so supportive and passionate about using cedar as opposed to vinyl or aluminum is the amazing uniqueness and variety that you get from using alternative building materials.

I don’t know about you, but the last thing I have ever wanted for my house is to have it look like an exact replica of my neighbors and cedar has given me the exact look that I have been wanting for years! I knew right away after seeing some examples of cedar siding that this was the material for me and I have not looked back since.