Cypress wood siding is relatively expensive. But it is worth every penny mainly because of the fact that it has a long lifespan.

Cypress wood siding typically lasts for 40 years. With the appropriate care, it can even last for over 100 years, especially if the sidings are made of old-growth cypress.

Here is what you should know about cypress wood siding, its durability, and its pros and cons.

Cypress is among the most durable and long-lasting sidings in the market simply because it contains a natural preservative that is called cypressine. This chemical repels insects while at the same time shielding the sidings from decay. The presence of this chemical usually goes a long way towards reducing the rate at which it breaks down or gets damaged.

How Long Does Cypress Wood Siding Last

How do you care for cypress siding?

The following are the different ways in which you can keep your cypress siding in great shape.

Cleaning

To maintain the aesthetic appeal of your sidings, you need to clean them on a regular basis. Here is what you should do in order to get rid of common siding stains.

Fastener discoloration

When nails or screws rust, they can discolor cypress siding. Get rid of these marks by regularly scrubbing them off with a natural-bristle brush, water, and a mild detergent.

Mineral stains

The presence of iron in cypress wood sometimes causes blue ugly stains.

To get rid of these stains, start by pouring a quart of water into a container. Add about 4 ounces of oxalic acid, and then stir. After you are done, use the resulting solution to scrub the stains off your sidings.

Black or grey mold and mildew stains

Mildew and mold can create grayish or black spots on cypress sidings. You can get rid of these stains by scrubbing them off with a diluted bleach solution.

Sealing

Sealing cypress arms it with an extra protective layer. It improves its appearance. And it also extends its lifespan. Therefore, sealing it, and then resealing it periodically, is a great way of taking care of your cypress siding.

Start by washing the cypress surface with an external wood cleaner. This will remove any dirt and debris, including mildew, that is on the siding surface.

With the surface free of dirt, use a foam roller to apply an epoxy sealer. And after you are done, apply two more coats of the sealant.

Painting

A coat of oil-based paint will protect your sidings from moisture. It will also shield it from any scratches, and also from any other extreme weather elements.
Start off by cleaning the cypress sidings with soap and water. Give it time to dry. And after it dries, apply an alkyd oil-based primer.

Let the primer dry and then apply the paint.

Pros and Cons of Cypress Siding

Cypress siding is popular among homeowners thanks to its attractive appearance and durability. However, it is not a perfect siding material.
Here is what you need to know about the advantages and disadvantages of using cypress wood as a siding material.

Pros of cypress sidings

  • It is resistant to rot thanks to its natural oils
  • It contains natural oils that repel termites
  • It improves the energy efficiency of a home, thanks to the thickness of cypress wood
  • It is incredibly long-lasting with some sidings lasting up to over 100 years
  • It is a low maintenance siding

Cons of cypress sidings

  • Its color slowly fades and adopts a grey look. This can create inconsistency in looks
  • It still needs to be periodically painted, stained, or sealed
  • It is relatively more expensive, especially when compared to cheap siding alternatives like vinyl siding

Which is more rot-resistant cedar or cypress?

Old-growth cypress is more rot-resistant than cedar. However, some species of cedar, like Spanish Cedar, are more rot-resistant than second-growth or new cypress.

How to maintain the natural look of the cypress siding wood siding

Does cypress siding need to be sealed?

Sealing is not a must. This is because cypress is naturally insect-resistant and rot-resistant. Therefore, it can still last for a long time even without sealing.

However, sealing cypress siding with an oil-based finish is advisable. This is because it will help to prolong your siding’s lifespan by giving it an added layer of protection against moisture and weather elements. Therefore, if you want to get more years out of your sidings, sealing them is something that you should definitely consider.

Common Siding Style Options

Cypress siding can be installed in different styles. The following are the most common ones.

Board and batten cypress siding

Board and batten cypress siding offer a unique look that will make your home stand out. This style features wide boards that are evenly spaced and which are then held in place by battens — thin pieces of wood.

Channeled cypress siding

Channeled cypress siding is a style that offers both strength and beauty. The grooved nature of the pieces allows them to form weather-tight seals that enable the sidings to protect a home from rain, wind, and other extreme weather elements.

Channeled cypress siding is easy to install, thanks to its grooves. And it offers a thick and effective insulation layer around the home.

Beaded beveled cypress siding

This style of cypress siding features overlapping pieces that have a sharp angular look at their ends. And while it features an uneven look, it is an overall attractive siding style that easily stands out.

Cypress siding prices

The following is a breakdown cypress siding cost.

Description Cost in $
TapeaThe average range of cypress siding costs per square foot$3 - $21
Typical siding cost range for 1500 sq foot home$7500 to $18000
The average labor cost of cypress siding (per hour)$50 - $100 per hour
Cost of cypress wood per square foot$1 - $5

FAQ's

Yes, cypress siding is better than pine siding.

It is more durable than pine siding. It is naturally rot-resistant and insect-resistant. And it is way more aesthetically pleasing.

Although cypress is naturally resistant to rot, it can rot when it is constantly exposed to moisture. This is why staining, painting, sealing, and treating cypress siding is always advisable.

Cypress wood, especially old-wood cypress wood, is so expensive because while it is in high demand, it is not as readily available as other wood siding options.

Cypress is very good for exterior siding. This is because it can withstand weather elements.

It does not rot easily. And has natural oils that make it less susceptible to termite damage. And it lasts long, especially when it is sealed, painted, or stained.

Yes, Cypress wood is durable. It can even last up to 100 years when it is properly taken care of. This is because it contains natural oils that repel insects and protect it from wood-rotting agents.

Ben McInerney
Author: Ben McInerney - is a qualified arborist with 15 plus years of industry experience in Arboriculture. He ran a successful tree service before turning to writing and publishing. Ben is dedicated to providing users with the most accurate up-to-date information on everything trees.