Roofing Shingles/Shakes = $7.00 – $10.00/ sq. foot
Siding Shingles/Shakes = $6.00 – $8.50/ sq. foot
Siding Planks = $8.00 – $10.00/ sq. foot
Fencing = $4.00 – $8.50 / linear foot
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Did you know? These tree species also go by geographical names based on where they grow. Red cedar is also commonly called Western red cedar. You’ll see white cedar referred to as Eastern or Northern cedar.
Red and white cedar are popular choices for a variety of outdoor projects. Although they are similar types of wood, there are a few differences that highlight their relative strengths and how each is best used.
Cedar, both white or red, is used in a variety of ways. Since it is naturally resistant to moisture and rotting, cedar is used for house siding, fencing, roofing shingles and decking. Its natural oils repel insects and shed water.
Although we are focusing on outdoor uses for cedar wood, it has indoor uses too. Cedar is a top choice for saunas due to the amazing aroma from the wood and the resistance to water and heat. Cedar is a great choice for indoor ceilings, paneling and trim. Many musical instruments are constructed with various cedar woods. Wardrobes and other types of furniture are built with cedar due to how well it keeps insects away and since it smells so appealing. Cedar is also very easy to work with since it is easy to cut and is lightweight.
Siding projects generally call for white cedar over red cedar because white cedar can be painted.
Red cedar is the preferred type of cedar for shingles since it sheds water really well, is slightly stronger and less prone to have knots. Red cedar shingles also keep the natural color and white cedar will turn a silver/grey color over time. But it should be said that white cedar is also an acceptable roofing material.
Red cedar is better for fencing unless you want to paint it. It is more durable than white cedar and also is less prone to rotting. While the woods are moisture-resistance, pros often use metal or pressure treated fence poles and keep the cedar boards above the ground to minimize contact with moisture and the potential for damage from long-term exposure.
Here are installed costs for the various projects.
Shingles – To use cedar shingles for your roofing project, you can expect to pay between $7 and $12 per square foot, with red cedar shingles being the more expensive option.
Siding – Siding your home with cedar can be done by using shingles, shakes or plank siding. The installed price for shingles will be between $6 and $12 per square foot, including installation. Shake siding runs between $6 and $10 per square foot. Plank cedar siding costs $8 to $12 installed, primarily because of the higher material costs.
Fencing – A cedar fence will cost around $5 to $10 per linear foot installed based on the height of the fence and the type. A picket fence, for example, uses far less material than a shadowbox or privacy fence, so is much more affordable. Red cedar again will be the higher-cost material.
Where do you live? White cedar is more available east of the Mississippi, so less expensive there. Red cedar is found mostly in the west. As a result, local supplies and shipping costs might affect your price when you shop for cedar in your area.
Which type of cedar is best? Although white cedar is also durable and easy to work with, red cedar is just a little bit better in most of the categories. The only real downside to red cedar is that it cannot be painted, but white cedar can. Overall, red cedar is the best option where cost isn’t a factor, since the difference is small. If you want to save a little bit of money, then white cedar should be considered.
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