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General Question About Cedar Siding

Boomanchu's picture

Hello All,

First time poster here, so please forgive me if I make some mistakes.  

I just purchased a 30 year home home in Louisiana that has vertical Cedar siding that needs to be replaced.  I have been pricing rough cut cedar siding and just noticed something strange.  When I was pricing cedar siding at a local building store I noticed that the "rough cut cedar siding" was $15 per board, but on the next asle, I noticed that the rough cut cedar fence boards are exactly the same size, and thickness, but for only $4.10 per board.  Is there any difference between a rough cut cedar siding and rough cut cedar fence boards?  Both are non-stained.  

 

Hope this makes sense,

 

Thank you for any help you can provide..

 

Boomanchu

Comparing apples and rotten bananas (post #215769, reply #1 of 4)

 When I was pricing cedar siding at a local building store I noticed that the "rough cut cedar siding" was $15 per board..And how long was this board?  We typically talk about a board-foot cost of price per lineal foot. There is another catch: is this "cedar siding" bevel of ship-lap? I usually work with bevel cedar siding, which is 5/8-11/16" thick on one end and tapers to 1/8" on the other end. Rough-cut means the board was not run through the planer. There's also something known as Hyda Skirl (sp?) tite-knot cedar siding. It has an undullating, bevel cut on the show edge and is tapered to aprox 1/8" on the other edge. This stuff is very costly.

...but on the next asle, I noticed that the rough cut cedar fence boards are exactly the same size, and thickness, but for only $4.10 per board.  Fence boards are typically 5.5" wide x 3/8 to 5/8 thick...rarely 3/4 thick. They are usually made from a lower grade cedar than I refer to above. Notice that a fence board usually is 6' long. 

I believe you are comparing apples and rotten bananas. :)

Mel Fros froscarpentry.com

Look at color and end grain, (post #215769, reply #2 of 4)

Look at color and end grain, heartwood v.s sapwood?

 

BTW, you cn get FREE cedar siding outhere on the left coast on CList.

Lotsa old mossy fence always on CL free. 

I got a bunch of 30 YO knotless  fence free, laid it allout on the drivewy, pressure washed it, good as the $15 siding.  and free. 

Here in south Florida we call (post #215769, reply #3 of 4)

Here in south Florida we call cedar "job security" since we know we'll always be called back to replace it. You might as well be installing cardboard.  Try cypress instead and prime all 6 sides before you install it. 

Florida Licensed Building Contractor, 50 years experience in commercial remodeling, new homes, home remodeling and repairs and all types building maintenance.

Hi there, Here in New England (post #215769, reply #4 of 4)

Hi there, Here in New England cedar for siding is primarily red cedar while cedar for decking is white...   there is a huge cost and   durabilty difference between the 2 species.  I would look closely at the 2 and find some competent help at the yard to distinguish them for you.  You may be able to use the less expensive material for siding, but you should at least get to know both options so you can make an informed decision.