Shedding Some Light on Decisions that Affect your Budget
CEDAR SIDING GRADE
CLEAR CEDAR SIDING vs. KNOTTY: The most significant question is "Do you like knots?". Knotty wood costs half as much as Clear. If you don't want knots you will pay TWICE AS MUCH. How do you like Knots now?
CEDAR SIDING SIZE & PATTERN
We can mill almost any size 1X6, 1X8, 1X10 and pattern you want - SHIPLAP, NICKEL GAP, DUTCH LAP, TONGUE & GROOVE, CHANNEL RUSTIC, BEVEL, CLAPBOARD, LOG AND WAVY EDGE. You should know that any size over 1x8" is prone to cupping while smaller sizes require more labor to install. Certain patterns like Bevel can be less expensive than T&G or Ship-Lap because the specific mill cut makes better use of the original board.
CEDAR SIDING FINISH - PRIME, PAINT, STAIN
WARNING: You HAVE to coat ALL sides and edges prior to installation to ensure against ROT. Having your cedar siding Pre-Finished at the mill runs 50¢ to $1 per square foot per coat. Opacity determines the longevity of your finish. Figure 1-2 years with Transparent finish, 2-5 with Semi-transparent, 4-7 with Semi-solid, 7-10 with solid and up to 25 years with primer and paint.