Cedar siding in Southern California
Hello there – we’re doing a small addition to our house and decided to do Western Red Cedar T&G for the exterior siding (it’s not the clear and it has some knots). We didn’t use any furring strips and just attached it directly to the plywood and waterproofing membrane. Our guys who are helping with the build said because we get very little rain here in So CA that they didn’t think it was necessary to use the furring strips. The side its on faces east and gets a lot of morning sun and some early afternoon sun. ** Our question is about whether to leave it alone and let it just “gray out” or to stain and/or seal it. We like the idea of using a stain that has some color, we feel like it will make the wood last longer and protect it. Just wondering how long we should let the cedar sit if we do decide to add any stain or sealer to it? We’ve had rain recently on and off and we want to make sure we let it dry out before doing anything. Also because it’s new siding should we pressure wash it before we add a stain or sealer? Thanks in advance for any tips, advice, much appreciated.
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