Both Cedar and Redwood have natural oils and resins to resist rot, decay, and insect infestation. Both are low maintenance, and you can allow them to weather and develop their own unique character.
Our kiln dried cedar siding resists splitting, cupping and swelling, and provides a sound product. Cedar accepts stains very well and is widely used for it’s beautiful grain, which can be weathered into a natural grain color.
Redwood will guarantee the same resistence to shrinking, warping, and cupping as cedar, but will cost more because the availability for Redwood is limited. But the draw to it is due to its rich texture and tones.
Both types can last up to 75 years or more depending on the homeowner’s ability to properly maintain their siding.
Other options that have grown in popularity are highly cost effective species such as Spruce, Pine, and Fir. Although these species do not have the same natural oils and resins to resist rot, with the advent of inexpensive and high quality oil based stains, it is now possible to use these beautiful woods and ensure that they will last for decades to come.