Cedar ~ Shake, shingle, bevelled, or board & batten siding…..

All of these cedar products lend themselves well together in creating a natural looking and textured West Coast appearance. But there are so many options - Shake or shingle? Left naturally rustic or stained to be more refined? Should the stain be a solid or semi-transparent? Bevelled cedar or board & batten on some areas of the house and shingles or shakes in the gables? The addition of stone or brick to these exterior finishes enhances many homes to another level of curb appeal, rock or brick may not always being necessary though depending upon your landscape plan. There are so many possible ways to combine these products into wonderful combinations, our advice would be to take your time in deciding!

Of course there is Hardie board siding that is available in bevelled, board & batten & plaster looking panels and the use of stucco has always been popular. We believe that only acrylic stucco should be used here in our west coast environment, it is more expensive than standard stucco products but it provides a far superior weather shield. For this post though I am mostly thinking of cedar products and will discuss more on these other two siding products in a future post.

True cedar shakes are the ones that have been used in Qualicum Beach for, I would guess at, 70 years ~ on homes that line our beach. The thinking then must have been that if heavy cedar shakes on the roof worked as well and lasted as long as they did, medium shakes on the walls would keep out the weather well too. It is a rustic, naturally weathered look that is quite timeless ~ admittedly though, it does not appeal to everyone. ur current home and for our last home as well.

Shingle siding (much thinner than shakes)on the home below has become extremely popular over the last several years, it provides a relaxed appearance but one that when stained, leans toward a more refined look. Greyed shingles, whether left to grey naturally or stained in grey work so well with white windows and white trim. Such a traditional east coast look, whether it is from Prince Edward Island, Cape Cod or Nantucket Island, it is a look that, to me, symbolizes an idyllic way of life. A way of life that has become so much a west coast style of living!

Source: todsendesign.com

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I've done it in western Colorado.

Last summer I did a garage at the owner's direction. He had the Bondo material and wanted to use it up. I used it to patch knot holes and cracks in western red cedar siding.
I have to admit, it did the job, and after paint it looked better than the house.
I've seen the garage since and so far it's held the patch.
Good luck.

Natural wood protectant from cedar wood waste

I own a small company that extracts natural chemicals from wood waste from the timber industry (such as Western Red Cedar sawdust). Since Western Red Cedar is so effective at keeping wood eating microbes at bay, the extract would make a great natural product for applying as a decay retardent to exterior wood such as decks, furniture, siding etc. Plus it smells really nice.
Does this sound like a product that consumers would be interested in? What exterior wood treatments do you use? How could they be better? In the form of a preservative or a sealant (like Thomson's)? How much would c

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