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Why use Cedar Siding over other Materials?

Why use cedar siding over other siding materials
Determining the best type of siding to install can be a tricky decision for homeowners and builders. People must take into consideration siding material and installation costs, in addition to what will work with existing designs.

Cedar softwood is generally the perfect choice for people who value a natural vibe and durability. However, there are several other reasons why you should choose cedar siding over other materials.

And fortunately, Longhouse is here to clarify why homeowners and builders make that selection.


Primarily, when it comes to siding, it’s a good idea to compare the unique features of cedar with other siding materials.

For instance, staining can be problematic with Birch siding since it can become blotchy and may require painting. Therefore, Western Red Cedar would be the ideal choice since it can be pre-stained any colour or left in its natural state. Additionally, it may be purchased in a wide selection of grades, textures, and dimensions.

Hardie-plank, although popular for siding projects, is a man-made product; it does not grow naturally in the forest like cedar.

Vinyl siding may be the more affordable option, but cedar siding is often thought to be more aesthetically pleasing. Over time, cedar typically increases the value of the home more so than vinyl.


Untreated cedar is sustainably sourced in BC and requires minor processing or treatment, unlike other man-made siding options. Left in its natural state, cedar is totally biodegradable and reclaimable. When considering the environment and future generations, cedar is an ethical choice.


Since cedar has an open cell structure, it naturally retains outstanding insulation properties. The density of this structure means less heat flow through the wood. Thereby, cedar prevents heat from escaping over winter and cold from escaping over summer. That means lower energy costs for homeowners.

The heat flow reduction further provides an acoustic barrier from noise. Cedar further protects the structure of the home from the harmful effects of excess moisture and dry air.


Cedar remains durable, whether painted, treated, or untreated. Indeed, with proper care and maintenance, cedar siding can last for decades. Applying a finish increases the lifespan of cedar.

Since it resists rot, bacteria, and mildew, cedar is prone to fewer problems than other types of wood siding. It also resists splitting, shrinking, and warping.


Cedar buildings blend into the environment for a seamless appearance. This softwood siding traditionally represents warmth and since it’s been around for a long time, is indicative of more high-end buildings. Cedar siding has a grain pattern that makes it more resilient and looks naturally beautiful.

Moreover, cedar circulates a fragrant wood scent, making it a pleasing addition to the interior and exterior of any building.


Undeniably, there are countless choices for cedar siding finishes. It may be left untreated in its natural state, painted, or covered with a clear coat. As well, cedar siding can be selected in diverse patterns, such as board and batten, tongue-and-groove, and wavy or non-wavy bevel.

Overall, cedar delivers limitless appealing qualities to consider when choosing the best siding. Genuine cedar is a natural choice for homeowners who take pride in maintaining their home, and value style and longevity.

In addition to its many other benefits, it’s good to know that cedar may also be a reusable resource down the road, and not end up in a landfill. Contact our specialty wood products professionals for more information about why cedar siding is spectacular. Call us today at 1-250-248-5887 or email us at longhousetrading@telus.net.