Cedar Weatherboards

From our recent exhibit at the North Shore Home and Garden Show at Eventfinda Stadium, we learnt that many of you have cedar weatherboard homes – aren’t you lucky!

Being an environmentally conscious business (we are registered Resene Ecodecorators), we are a fan of cedar! It produces fewer greenhouse gases, generates less pollution, and requires less energy to make than any other cladding. It also looks stunning!

There were a lot of questions that came up from cedar home owners, so here’s some quick fire answers to the ones that came up!

How often should I stain?

Usually cedar requires re-staining every 3 years. With high sun exposed areas, it can be required every 2 years.

Why do I regularly need to stain my cedar weatherboards?

To keep up appearance and to protect from weather and other damage.

Can I stain cracked or damaged cedar?

We wouldn’t recommend it. You can either replace (which can come with a price tag) fill and paint, or glue together.

Can I change the colour of cedar without paint?

Yes, Resene has a range of stain colour options available – keep in mind they are all quite earthy tones. Google search “Resene Exterior Woodcare” for more information.

Am I better to continue to regularly stain or use paint instead?

This comes down to preference and the amount of maintenance you are prepared to do. Stained cedar looks beautiful and creates an earthy feel, is easier to do, however requires diligent maintenance. With paint however, you can create a similar look, choose from a broader colour range, and if we paint it for you it comes with a 10 year warranty.


The front of my house gets a lot of sun compared to the rest. How can I maintain it?

You can stain the sun exposed side of your house more regularly, or we have seen houses that have their most sun exposed area painted and the rest of the house stained.

Does my house need staining or can I wait?

An easy tip – if you pour a little water onto the boards and it beads up, it means no stain is required just yet. However, if the water absorbs into the wood easily, it’s time to stain.

Any prep needed for staining?

Make sure all surfaces are smooth – some light sanding may be required (check with a professional before sanding – not all cedar can be sanded). It can also be helpful to waterblast the house first and treat any mould. You don’t need to use a primer for staining.

Got a question about your cedar house, or need some help with stain or paint? Feel free to contact us here.