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Cedar Siding vs Nordic White Wood Siding

Installing the right siding is an important decision for any homeowner. The material you choose defines the look of your home and also work towards protecting your home all year round.

Siparila Nordic Wood Siding

Trees grow slowly in the Scandinavian soil due to the cold climate, which produces solid trees with tight growth rings and a straight grain. This makes the wood stronger, lighter and more durable than others. At Siparila, we only use the finest Finnish Nordic whitewood for our siding and combined with our patented Siparila Topcoat to reinforce its natural durability.

Cedar  Siding

Cedar is among one of the best materials for siding, not only because it’s visually appealing, but also practical. However, not all cedar sidings are created equal. Cedar is a broad term that refers to multiple species of wood, not all of which have the strength and decay-resistant properties we associate with cedar. What you are looking for is western red cedar, which grows in the rainforests of the Pacific Northwest. Be wary of its lesser-quality cousins: inland red cedar, aromatic red cedar, and Port Oxford cedar.

Durability

Cedar:

Grown in coastal environments like the Pacific Northwest, the wood from these trees are clear and straight-grained, creating a great material for siding. Also, it’s chemical properties make it both rot and disease resistant.

Unlike many other wood, cedar siding holds up well against rain, wind, snow and sleet. This can be attributed to the cedar growing in an environment with heavy precipitation.

One downside is that cedar requires significant maintenance. The finish of the cedar siding erodes over time and depending on its surroundings, can suffer bleeding, iron stains, water stains, chalking, peeling, and blistering. Unfortunately, many of these effects are hard to prevent, but for many these external blemishes end up giving a home a desirable rustic look.

Regardless, it is still good to regularly wash and re-stain the cedar siding because cleaning the dirt and mildew off is essential to maintaining the wood’s integrity. Be sure to never paint or refinish the cedar without first cleaning it off and letting it dry. Although cedar is rot resistant, it is susceptible to insects like termites.

Siparila Nordic Wood:

Siparila only uses wood from Finland’s boreal forests where its climate promotes the growth of dense, straight-grained wood. Two attributes that make it a top-grade building material. Siparila also stands above the competition by offering thick siding profiles to increase durability.

Wood is prone to water and insect damage, and Nordic Whitewood is not immune. However, our patented Siparila Topcoat reinforces the wood’s strength and resilience. This process involves treating the fresh wood in a moisture, air, temperature-controlled facility. The siding is then primed after it is milled, which allows the coating to seep deep into the pores of the wood for better protection. Lastly, the wood is treated in our facility with a proprietary paint application that gives it a sleek finish. You will also notice that the fasteners are hidden which makes it even more durable.

Styles

Cedar:

For most, choosing cedar siding is an aesthetic choice, and rightly so.  Cedar is a beautiful material that gives an unparalleled natural look to a home.

However, cedar will inevitably discolour. Some may enjoy the weathered look of cedar, but if you don’t it is something to consider. Another downfall is that painting your siding is an expensive. Unless you want a rustic look to your home’s exterior, you should consider another material.

Siparila Nordic Wood:

Wood is one of the most common building materials for siding, and for good reason. Wood has withstood the test of time in terms of style and functionality, but don’t be fooled by imitators. The look of our Nordic wood siding is exceptional and sure to improve your home’s curb appeal.

Siparila Nordic wood siding is when it comes in a variety of widths, sizes and colours for you to choose from. Our wood siding is stained, painted and made to order. This means the panels are delivered without the need for further treatments making them ideal for any construction or renovation project. Also, the siding can be installed either horizontally or vertically.

Cost

Cedar:

Installing a cedar siding will be a considerable investment. It can cost up to $7 a square foot, making it one of the most expensive material for siding. However, the cost will also depend on the quality of wood you choose. If you pick an inferior species of cedar it can mitigate the costs, but the repair and maintenance costs will inevitably add up over time.

Siparila Nordic Wood:

As with any wood product, wear and tear is bound to occur and should be considered when installing siding. Siparila offers warranty on all our products for 70 years (from the date of purchase), plus an additional 15-year warranty on the Topcoat paint against peeling, blistering and cracking.

One benefit to Siparila’s wood siding is its ease of installation. They are equipped with industry standard joints and come in one long length which will reduce your labour costs. In the long term, however, homeowners must paint, stain or varnish their wood in order to protect its structural integrity. Without this, the siding will warp or rot.

The upside to having Birch whitewood siding is that they can be very efficiently repaired. If you sustain damage along one panel, that panel can be easily swapped out without any additional work to be done. Repairs can be completed quickly and inexpensively if caught early on.

Environmental Sustainability

Cedar:

The impact of post-consumer cedar is minimal, plus, there is now a growing industry for salvaged wood. The only concern of a cedar siding is how sustainable the source is. Deforestation is a serious environmental issue and trees must be harvested responsibly. Although cedar grows relatively fast, be sure the lumber you use is certified with the Forest Service Council.

Siparila Nordic Wood:

Even when birch whitewood siding ends up in a landfill, it will decompose quickly. Siparila only uses PEFC-certified wood to maintain ethical forest stewardship, which means that the trees are harvested sustainably with consideration to the fragility of the forest’s ecosystem.

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