99% of all reported cedar siding FAILURES are Selection, Installation and Maintenance related. Your IMMEDIATE and LONG TERM costs are affected by the grade, pattern, texture and finish buying choices you make! Your IMMEDIATE Installation costs are affected by planning for air space, sealing all 6 sides, protecting siding at job site AND your installer's experience! Your LONG TERM maintenace costs are affected by your choice of surface texture, finish product and willingness to check every year that your siding is still protected from the elements! Certain patterns like Bevel can be less expensive than T&G or Ship-Lap because the specific mill cut makes better use of the original board. Semi-transparent stains 2-5 years, Semi-Solid 3-7 years, Solid-Stain 7-10 while paint can last up to 25 years. Because stain soaks into rough texture more evenly the colors are richer and more consistent.
If you are going to do the job right you can not do it better or cheaper than the mill's factory pre-finish machine! In the last few years a modification to the standard Shiplap "Flush Joint" profile has gained in prominance.
Buffalo Lumber offers a comprehensive system to do cedar wood siding the right way and it starts with factory finish.
The biggest and most frequent mistake we see people make is thinking they can just tack cedar siding up and stain the face to save money. 8 hours a day, 5 days a week we get calls about wood siding and the number 1 reported reason we get called is the wood siding on the house now is failing because it was not sealed on the back. It costs 10 TIMES MORE to fix something that goes wrong than it would to do the job the exact right way in the first place. Haida Skirl siding is ideally suited to compliment the rugged beauty of a cedar shake roof, or the natural appeal of stone or brick. I was at a Timber Frame show and the guy presenting spoke that term in disgust while describing people who use big cedar timbers as accent points instead of a real Mortice and Tenon Timber Framed structure. You can buy a couple huge appearance grade cedar beams and boost the sex appeal of your project for a fraction of what it would cost to build a real Timber Frame home. This is the rarest part of the tree- the hardest to get- the best performing and the most expensive option. If we were talking about a 1x8" board 12' long, the AYE&BTR Clears will allow 2 knots per board no bigger than 1 inch. NEAR CLEAR CEDAR Occasional Knot Mostly Clear - One appearance (and price) notch down from CLEAR grade is Buffalo Lumber's NEAR CLEAR grade which includes B&BTR, D&BTR wood Mill Grades that are "one off" CLEAR grade.
There is a lot of Clear in the Near Clear grades- a good trimmer can create the effect of clear and still be under 10% trim and waste (in our opinion). MILL SELECT CEDAR Our STK Tight Knot Grade - "Mill Select" means the mill has selected the wood to meet the "Tight Knot" grade rule in the books.
Other grade names that equate to our definition of a€?Mill Selecta€? are STK (Select Tight Knot) Select Knotty, Architectural Knotty, #2 and better. The mill selects out any flaws that do not meet the "Select Knotty" grade rule for that species. You may get a few loose knots but nothing that would threaten a 10% jobsite trim and waste margin. Buffalo "Customer Select" means you the customer are selecting out defect from a higher grade.

At this level the mill does not select the flaws - you do - but the grade of wood you are selecting from is higher to begin with. Customer Select would allow a knot every 6 inches no bigger than a silver dollar piece and a 50 cent piece sized loose knot every 3 or 4 boards. 80% should be usable off the top and with some creative cutting you should be able to use another 10%.
The flaws that you encounter in this grade will fall within the 20% jobsite trim and waste every project should have. It is for the rustic customer looking for the cheapest way to cover in cedar and still have something pretty nice. In our un-official grade description we figure this NPS grade will have an occasional loose knot.
From our own experience - possibly one in 4 boards - but a very low percentage of faults that would prevent board use. For the knot lovers the answer is easy - they can save money depending on how many flaws they are willing to work with. The NEAR CLEAR De Grade offers a nice middle ground price point for the "Knot so Fond" of CLEAR pricing. If your selected pattern has one smooth side and one rough side, be sure to tell us which face you plan to expose.
Before installation (job site), applying a finish to all surfaces (including ends) is recommended. We primed all 4 sides of about 833 sqft of your wood siding and it took 2 guys about 8 hours to do this job.
You get the face, the back and both side edges, the butt ends need to be sealed when installed on the jobsite. If you are going to do the job right- you can't do it better (or cheaper) than the machines.
If you are planning to stain instead of paint- the number of gallons needed per square foot virtually doubles. The fact is that sealing the wood on all six sides prior to installation is the single most important thing you can do to ensure the long term performance of your wood siding- factory finishing saves the headache factor (literally) and is the first step to doing the job right. The drying of cedar logs (seasoning) is done prior to the milling of specific siding patterns (shaping & surfacing). Cedar logs to be Kiln Dried (KD) are placed inside a large oven where heat removes moisture from the logs much faster than mother nature.
This process can take months to years depending on the thickness of the stock and requires space to let the timber air out.
Milled Green PAD (partially air dried) is a cedar grade that is designed to ease the high cost of cedar. When an order is received at the mill the wood "slats" are pulled and stickered to remove surface moisture and it becomes PAD (partially air dried).
Partially means there will still be some residual moisture during the milling to pattern step. PAD wood should only be used rough face out because during milling the saw can bind up in the moist wood and scar the smooth side.
It is true there are a few more blown knots but our mills are saying less than 10% loss due to defect. Our Green Partially Air Dried boards have over 30% classified STK (Select Tite Knot) with some boards containing knots that are larger in diameter than the STK grade allows.

This means that you will have some big knots and some little knots (and a few loose knots) but it will go up on the wall and work for you. The fact is that all wood no matter how it is dried (seasoned) will expand and contract during the year due to moisture changes in the air. This simple step is the single most important thing to remember when installing any wood siding product especially PAD board.
Avoid moving lumber when it is raining and it should always be covered with a lumber wrap that allows air to circulate moisture out.
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You should know that any size over 1x8" is prone to cupping while smaller sizes require more labor to install.
Rough face on average will last at least one year longer before requiring maintenance than smooth texture. Whatever grade, pattern, finish appearance choices you make you HAVE to coat ALL sides and edges prior to installation to ensure against ROT.
It looks exactly like log but requires 75% less wood AND will cost you at least 50% less than actual log construction. When WE say "CLEAR" we expect the look to be so clear you would have to really search to find a knot. There is no limit to the number of knots but there is a limit to the size and the type of knot. That means that the mill has not officially graded to be "Select Tight Knot" by the rule book as is done with "Mill Select" grades.
It is considered to have mostly "tight knots" but more flaws are allowed at the volume production level. The finished siding arrives at the job site totally protected from exposure to water and sunlight. Cedar is a durable wood, but leaving it untreated is not recommended since finishing will greatly increase it's service life. Even after drying, all woods do still shrink and swell to some degree as their moisture content fluctuates with your local atmospheric conditions. It is superior to other coniferous woods in its resistance to warping, twisting and checking. Kiln dried wood products are somewhat more stable than fully Air-Dried and experience less shrinkage. Bevel, Channel, Ship Lap and Log Cabin patterns offer the maximum movement with the least visible change to your wall. Utilizing a double-extruded aluminum frame, this greenhouse also features two sliding doors for easy access, UV-coated polycarbonate panels and four vents to ensure proper conditions. By the time you realize there is a problem the cost to repair it is in the thousands or tens of thousands.
Greenhouse with 4 Vents:If you build this kit just like it is, then it will get destroyed by high winds fairly quickly.

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