Best Wood Siding for Strong Sun Exposure? Carbonized Wood?


Hi all - I am wanting to use real wood siding for the exterior facade on a home. The house is located in Southern California where it gets a lot of strong sun exposure. I was wondering if there any types/species of wood siding that do not need constant maintenance (i.e. sanding and finishing every 6 mos) and/or can be left to weather on their own and that will stand the test of time? I was looking at carbonized wood or Shou Sugi Ban which is that charred wood look in Japan as a possible option. Thanks in advance for any tips/advice!

Jul 11, 18 1:01 pm

yes. shou-sugi-ban. I found these guys a while back, but didn't get to deal with them, works great in high UV environments.

Jul 11, 18 1:35 pm  · 

for cost, we went with an opaque black stain (UV inhibitors in the mix, but not bombproof) --- also, we're not in socal

if staining cedar, you need rough sawn wood (not sanded) on all exposed surfaces as the stain won't show well otherwise

Jul 11, 18 2:24 pm  · 

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