10:08AM | 04/20/04
Member Since: 03/25/04
3 lifetime posts
Our house is about four years old and is clad in cedar shingles which are stained. The shingles on one side of the house are very faded from the sun. The rest of the house looks pretty good. My questions: Is staining needed to protect the shingles or is it just for aesthetic reasons? Putting it another way, if we are not bothered by the looks (the faded side is kind of hidden from view), is it safe to ignore the fading or should we have it restained for protection? Also, is there any stain that will stand up to lots of sun? I'm afraid that any new stain will fade again in a relatively short time. We live in the San Francisco area, if that helps. Thanks.


09:53AM | 04/22/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
549 lifetime posts
Cedar will look best and be more water resistant and last longer if you maintain it. In California, stains have been reformulated to use lower VOC solvents. They don't last as long as they used to. You may get between 2 and 4 years out of an application. A semi-transparent stain is best, and the pigment particles act as a sunscreen. Penofin and Preserv-A-Wood seem to be the best local brands. Both are manufactured in California.

I recommend you maintain the siding. Eventually the siding will grey and darken, but will become blotchy due to our climate. Unmaintained siding to me looks unsightly. We don't seem to get the same weathering uniform grey as the classic East Coast capes and our intense sunlight and higher temperatures are much harder on the siding. Assuming you are out of the fog belt, it pays to maintain.


04:02PM | 04/23/04
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
You should get more than 2 to 4 years out of a stain job. The problem often times is that the first stain job does not last as long is that it is not done properly, as in only 1 coat instead of 2 coats and not allowing the wood to age and to open the pores up to allow the stain to penetrate.

The cedar shakes are naturally rot resistant but it does not hurt at all to to stain and protect it from UV damage.

You could do just that end and then in a few years do the entire house.
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