Staining White Cedar Shingles vs using Red Shingles?


Old 09-16-17, 05:42 AM
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Staining White Cedar Shingles vs using Red Shingles?

I'm redoing the exterior siding on part of my house. Full disclosure, up until last night I was set on using cedar shingles, now I'm rethinking about using stucco instead...but either way I'd like to know the answer to the topic question.

My house is currently half stucco/half brick, the first floor is all brick and the second floor is stucco (painted tan). There's an addition on the rear of the house that was built on top of what used to be a patio. I think I want to put cedar shingle siding on it but am debating white or red shingles.

With the red/brown brick, and tan stucco, I'd like a warm, stained-yet-natural wood color, with a the red-ish/oiled look. Obviously, red cedar sounds like it's what I need, but researching the differences between the two (cost, durability, and white cedar being a more renewable source) I think I'd prefer to use white cedar instead. But I don't want white cedar shingles to age to gray/silver. Can I stain the white cedar to get a similar look to red cedar shingles?

But also like I said, last night I realized I could just put stucco up and paint it to match the second either way I'm kind of undecided right now...

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Old 09-16-17, 11:31 AM
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You can stain the white shingles to most any color you want. Are they kiln dried or air dried?
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Stucco is pretty much maintenance free while cedar is a maintenance project. In my mind, stucco wins without much thought about it.
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Thank you both for you replies. After thinking about it I think stickshift convinced me, the constant maintenance every 5 years was my main concern going with shingles. Stucco does seem to make sense in a lot of ways for my project. Thanks!
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