Considering that Chicago can go from one end of the thermometer to the other within a matter of hours, the choice of cedar siding is a good investment. The way you choose to display your home to the world is at your fingertips. There are a number of reasons why cedar is a wonderful choice!
Cedar siding can endure the outdoor elements Chicago throws at you for many years as long as it’s maintained properly. You would think that having cedar siding would provide a concern for moisture damage. On the contrary, cedar wood is naturally water resistant as well as a deterrent to decay and insects. Cedar fibers contain natural preservatives that are toxic to decay-causing fungi, per the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association.
Cedar siding is also environmentally conscious. Since new cedar trees are always being planted, cedar siding is considered a renewable resource. According to the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau, in 1999, the forestry community planted 1.7 billion trees in the United States. That’s an average of more than four million new trees planted every day and more than five new trees a year for every man, woman, and child in America. The group says the cedar trees it maintains are also good for the environment because they suck up greenhouse gas emissions that help lead to global warming.
Your home, should you decide to use cedar siding, will help the environment absorb those greenhouse gas emissions as well!
Cedar is beautiful with its unique tones and patterns. No one shingle is the same. Treating the siding with a large variety of stains, finishes or oils create a diverse choice of looks and colors. Choosing cedar siding provides an everlasting richness because of its classic look and curb appeal.