Care & Maintenance
ADD A PROTECTIVE FINISH WITHIN 2 WEEKS OF ASSEMBLY
Although Western Red Cedar will weather over time to a silver-gray color that might be appealing from an architectural perspective, we believe that applying some type of protective finish within 2 weeks of assembly (weather permitting) provides the best results for aesthetics and durability/longevity.
There are a number of exterior finishes available in most geographic areas that’ll extend the life of the exterior siding on our products.
Contact us for more information.
LIFE EXPECTANCY OF FINISH
The following choices are available, shown here with their projected life expectancies:
• Water-repellent preservative and oil (with addition of fungicide) 1-2 years
• Semi-transparent stain (latex oil-based) 3 years
• Solid color stain -100% acrylic latex (apply stain blocking primer first) 4-5 years
• Paint -100% acrylic formulation (apply an oil-based primer first) up to 10 years
Results will vary and are for average locations in the United States.
DISCOLORATION & STAINS
Even after applying an exterior finish to your Cedarshed product, discoloration will occur over time. Dirt is the most common cause of discoloration and can easily be removed with a mild detergent and using a brush.
Water stains can also occur and can be difficult to remove. Try using an oxalic acid solution.
HOW MUCH EXTERIOR FINISH WILL BE REQUIRED?
On average, plan on using approximately 1- 2 gallons of exterior finish to completely coat the outside of your Cedarshed Product. This does not include the shingle roof or the inside which is optional and, in our opinion, not required.