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25 Sep

Wood is, and Always will be, the Best! Benefits of Cedar Shake Siding

To the average homeowner, vinyl is the material of choice for siding because it is cheap, flexible, and versatile. This sentiment is understandable because some are more inclined towards practicality, but people should also open themselves up to other viable materials. For instance, beautiful cedar shake siding has merits that others simply cannot replicate.


Cedar SidingIn a world made up mostly of homes with the same old vinyl siding, homes clad with cedar siding stand out as unique and beautiful. Homes with cedar siding as their exterior have a rich, brown warmth. According to the National Roofing Contractors Association, wood shingles are usually made from western red cedar, cypress, pine and redwood trees. The cedar can be cut to form planks that are fit together, or can be in the form of shingles or “shakes.” The use of cedar has been going on for a long time in the United States and Canada. As a matter of fact, the material has a fascinating history that many homeowners may not even know about.


The Redbeacon.com website further posts four reasons why you should consider wood. Since it seems to fit the bill in almost every category, cedar, redwood, and pine are thus suitable candidates for a reliable siding system. Special wood preservatives can boost the beauty and durability of wood sidings even further by enhancing their warm and natural look and offering protection against moisture and mold. 


Some construction retailers like WoodRoof.com capitalize on these features by using high quality materials like Western Red Cedar extensively on their cedar wood siding projects. When installed and applied properly, these can protect against insects and regular wear and tear. Moreover, unlike other materials, wood is also Eco-friendly and recyclable, which means that a home can contribute to conserving the environment. 


Wood also has natural thermal insulation properties that help regulate indoor temperature: trapping heat during chilly winters and expelling it on hot summers. These can help a household save energy, which in turn can help families manage their budgets more easily. In a time when the economy is tough and investments are hard to trust, there are still certain things that you can rely on: your home, if you take care of it properly, is still the best asset of all.


(From Benefits of Cedar Siding, Red Beacon, undated)

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