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!).