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We are trying to decide between red and white cedar shingles for a house underconstruction in southeastern Mass. The house will have flares and woven corners. Perhaps more important is that the house sits on an exposed location, lots of wind and salt air (about 4 miles from the ocean). The white cedars are dipped, rebutted and resquared. The cost difference is minor (<$300). We will be installing Rain Shield in either case.
What we are trying to figure out is what will happen a few years down the road. Will mold more likely be a problem with the red cedars, will they be more durable, and will they turn dark or (perhaps more slowly) turn grey as they age? Any ideas as to estimated lifetimes? Looking around the community: most houses seem to use white cedar shingles and mold is a problem for those that sit in sheltered/enclosed areas.
We very much appreciate hearing what others' experiences have been especially in coastal areas.
Thanks to all