Super White Cedar Shingles: Worth the Cost?
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White cedar contains natural oils that protect the Maibec shingles on homes like this from insects, mold, and decay. Photo: Maibec Sidings White cedar shingles protect a building from the elements, have a small environmental footprin... . So...how much are these going to set me back? Yes, you are going to pay a premium for white cedar shingles. These are more expensive to purchase and install than most siding options, but the lack of maintenance and good looks might just add to the value of the home, offsetting first costs. Note that white cedar is available in three grades, A, B, and C. Maibec's A-grade has "no imperfections," B has "no imperfections on exposed face," and C has "sound knots on exposed face" and "contrasting tones." So if you are willing to put up with a little imperfection, you can save some money and still have a low-maintenance sustainable siding. Brent Ehrlich is the products editor at BuildingGreen, Inc.