07:16AM | 07/03/04
Member Since: 06/14/04
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Siding: Cedar vs. Cement

Cedar and Fibercement (Cement) siding are both high end materials. Either Cedar or Cement sidings require a slightly greater upfront investment over vinyl or aluminum; however the result is products that will last much longer.

Cedar siding is wood, from the Cedar tree. Cedar is one of the most durable of woods. Cement siding is made of a mixture of cement and cellulose. Cellulose is the fiber in Fiber cement. Cellulose is basically wood fibers. Either Cedar or Cement will be very strong and durable. Both are resistant to impact damage from hail or tree damage.

In an unfinished state cedar siding will last longer than cement siding. It is highly recommended to stain either cedar or cement siding for the longest lasting installation. In it’s painted or stained state, Cement siding is rated to last much longer than cedar siding.

Both Cedar and Cement siding are available pre-finished. Cedar siding can be bought with a 15-year color warranty while Cement siding can be bought with a 15-year or 25-year color warranty. Usually these sidings can be stained by the factory with major manufacturers of stain like Cabot and Olympic.

Cement is more difficult to work with from an installation point of view. Special tools are required to cut cement siding and cement siding is very tough to hand nail. Cement kicks up an extreme amount of dust when cutting so special respirators are sometimes required when cutting cement siding.

Cedar is an attractive material to bees and other insects while cement is very insect resistant. Cedar can warp after years of prolonged UV exposure from the sun. This is due to heat and is most common on the east and west sides of the building. Cedar typically has a more attractive and unique grain pattern. Cement siding usually is more uniform and the lengths of the boards are usually of equal length. Cedar lengths usually vary in length.

Written in January 2003 by Thomas Kral, the founder of Reliable American, Inc. Reliable American is a firm specializing in roofing and remodeling.



06:02PM | 07/03/04
Member Since: 07/28/02
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There is not a paint available that will not fade in 15, 20 or 25 years so the warranty on that is just marketing junk. They know that most people don't stay in their houses more than 7 at the most on average.

I would go with cement siding over the cedar as it is more stable and will hold the coating better.


07:07AM | 07/04/04
Member Since: 06/14/04
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Paint is not used. Solid stain is used in place of paint. The stain is a much thinner material than the pain. The boards are soaked in the stain so they are allowed to SOAK up much more stain than if it was field applied.

Also the cost of having the boards prefinished at the factory costs less than having a painter come out to paint your walls, which as stated above won't be as thurough as factory coated.

Factory prefinished boards are prefinished on all sides including the back and where the boards overlap. A painter can only pain the exposed material (wood or fibercement). so a prefinished board is preserved on all sides a field painted board is only face painted.



04:07AM | 07/17/04
Member Since: 07/28/02
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The fact that the coating be it solid stain or paint is applied in a factory will not keep it from fading for 15 to 25 years. The paint on your car is way more high tech than one used on your house and it will fade before 15 to 25 years.

Now I agree that getting the substrate coated on all sides is the best way to go as far as reducing peeling from moisture coming through the back side. But it only works if when the material is installed all the cuts are coated to keep moisture from entering at those areas.



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