Many homes with cedar weatherboards in Wellington are either stained or painted and have been left unprotected for too long. Painters Inc. can recommend the best solution for protecting the timber of your home. When the stain has faded significantly the cedar is no longer protected from the weather. If the cedar has been left to weather without any kind of protective coating then the timber is often very dry and also may be cupping or splitting. Applying a stain is often a short term solution as, to be effective, it needs to be done every two to five years. An alternative can be to paint the timber instead. Painters Inc. are happy to provide advice as to a long lasting maintenance solution for your property.
Common Issues with Cedar Weatherboards
Is your house showing signs of the following? Cupping, mould, greying or silvering, mitre joins splaying, boards splitting.
These are signs that the weatherboards on your home require some maintenance. Many people have been advised to let their cedar weatherboards weather. Unfortunately, due to the quality of the cedar used in these homes this has meant their cladding is now in very poor condition with severe mould infestation, cupping boards and splitting boards which allow water ingress. In some cases it’s too late to paint or stain and the only solution is to replace the weatherboards.
Staining or Painting Cedar?
We strongly recommend that you maintain your cedar weatherboards either by staining or painting.
STAINING CEDAR WEATHERBOARDS
Usually the house has been designed to have a stained look. Unfortunately, in order for the stain to do its job of protecting the property, most stains require reapplication every two years. If you have a property that requires scaffolding this can be a large expense every couple of years.
PAINTING CEDAR WEATHERBOARDS
Paint has quite a different look to stain and for some people it’s not an option. However, a paint system last significantly longer than a stain system and will protect the timber better over the long term. Cedar houses which have not been painted before require very little preparation beyond getting rid of any ingrown mould and mildew and some light sanding. A good quality paint such as Resene’s Lumbersider looks fantastic on these houses and you should get around 10 years out of the paint system if you look after it.