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Cedar Bevel Siding Cost & Materials Guide

When used as an exterior covering, the bevel cedar siding offers an air of authenticity and provides for a natural or rustic look. Homes built in log cabin style or as a cottage in a wooded area will fit in with this type of siding. The cedar has a natural aroma that many people find to be pleasing. Continue reading to see all the costs associated with cedar bevel siding.

The Costs 

  • The average minimum cost per linear foot of cedar bevel siding is $25.03.

  • The average maximum cost per linear foot of cedar bevel siding is $68.94.

In addition to the cost of the boards of cedar bevel siding, homeowners undertaking this project will incur some additional expenses. Supplies and tools such as nails, house wrap, house wrap tape and corner trim add an average of $125 to the cost of the project. The average cost per hour for labor to install cedar bevel siding is $44.57. Installing cedar bevel siding on a house with a simple footprint such as a square or rectangle with just four corners costs less in materials and labor than installation of cedar bevel siding on a home with more corners. Some municipalities may charge a permit fee for the installation of cedar bevel siding, which will add to the cost of the project. If old siding is being torn off the structure, the homeowner may need to pay for a trash container and disposal fees.

Materials, Subtypes and Different Uses of Cedar Bevel Siding

There are many different types and uses of cedar bevel siding. The siding comes in different grades, which are based upon the quality of the wood. There are also different join types and different board widths and lengths.

Clear Vertical Grade Heart is the top grade of cedar bevel siding. The decay-resistant heartwood is kiln dried and free from knots that affect its durability and performance. It is used for the exterior of homes and other structures. It comes in finger-joined boards.

A Clear is the second-highest grade of cedar bevel siding. It may have a few small knots, and the boards are created of mixed grains. It is used on home, shed, garage and commercial building exteriors. This siding is available in solid and finger-joined boards.

Rustic grade is a mid-grade cedar bevel siding that includes some growth characteristics that do not detract from its functionality. It is used for interior walls. Rustic-grade siding is available in solid wood and finger-joined boards.

Select Knotty grade is for interior use. It has many knots that are closed. The knots may be of different colors than the heartwood. It may be smooth or saw textured, kiln dried, or unseasoned.

Architect Knotty grade has no open knots, and the knots do not go through the surface of the boards. It is kiln dried. It is used on interior walls as a paneling or trim.

Advantages of Cedar Bevel Siding

There are many advantages to using cedar bevel siding on the interior or exterior of a home, garage, shed or commercial building. Cedar is naturally resistant to insect infestations, rot and decay even if it is not sealed or seasoned. Cedar is plentiful in the western areas of the United States, making it easy to get enough boards sourced from the same area for consistent color and growth patterns. Homeowners can stain or seal the cedar bevel siding for added aesthetic appeal and protection against the elements. The insulating properties of cedar wood can help reduce energy costs and make the interior of a home or building quieter. Cedar bevel siding is lightweight and installation is not a time-consuming process. When properly cared for, cedar bevel siding can last for several decades before any replacement is needed.

Disadvantages of Cedar Bevel Siding

While there are many reasons why home and business owners select cedar bevel siding, there are some disadvantages of this material to be aware of before installing it on the interior or exterior of a structure. In order to maintain its structural integrity and durability, cedar bevel siding should be stained, sealed or painted every three to four years. If it is not properly maintained, it can rot and attract insects and lead to structural damage of the home or building. Improperly maintained cedar bevel siding can also split, curl, warp, cup or crack, reducing its lifespan. Siding made of cedar is most attractive to wood-destroying insects such as termites and carpenter ants. Home and business owners may need to take a proactive approach to prevent such an infestation. Improper application of paint or stain onto cedar bevel siding can detract from its appearance and performance. The cost of cedar bevel siding, especially the higher grades of the material may be prohibitive to some home and business owners because it is higher than the cost of vinyl and other types of exterior coverings.

Considerations for the Installation of Cedar Bevel Siding

Allowing vines and other vegetation to come into contact with the siding can lead to moisture infiltration and an increased pace of rot and other damage to the material. If the siding is not properly installed, the natural expansion and contraction of wood during temperature and humidity changes can lead to splitting. Roof and gutter leaks can also hasten the degradation of cedar bevel siding. If the cedar bevel siding is not installed on top of house wrap or paper that prevents moisture infiltration and condensation, the siding may begin to rot faster than expected.

Last updated on Aug 5, 2014

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