The Cedar Homeowner’s Guide to Treating and Maintaining your Cedar Home

Have you noticed changes to your Cedar cladding? Does it look tired, worn, dirty, or like it needs a good wash when you compare it to other houses on the street? 

Diagnose Your Cedar

Looking at your Cedar cladding, can you see;


If your house looks dull, is fading or silvering, your Cedar requires maintenance.  If your Cedar has passed this point, it requires restoration

Cedar is ‘low-maintenance’ but it’s not ‘no-maintenance’. To protect your home - your most valuable asset - and to keep it looking beautiful year-round, exposed areas should be treated at least once every two years. If you choose to leave it, problems will compound: you may need to replace the Cedar completely if cracks or splits get too wide (a costly solution to an avoidable problem)


How to Treat Your Cedar ?

Whether your Cedar needs maintenance or restoration, a wash and oil will work to treat or rejuvenate your home.



A low-pressure chemical wash should be used to remove oxidised coatings, mould and lichen. Use of a domestic-grade water blaster, without professional training is likely to  damage naturally soft Cedar.


Keep it natural or if you'd like, you can choose a stain colour. Choose from a wide selection to get just the look you want. Mimic untreated Cedar with Kauri Gum,  go darker with grey Flint or black with Foundry, or go lighter with a white Damper. 



Oil works like moisturiser for Cedar, deeply replenishing the natural oils extracted by the sun and keeping it protected. Depending on the condition of your Cedar, and exposure to the sun, different amounts of oil will need to be applied to different areas of the property, using several different techniques.

Want to know more?

Get the Cedar Homeowner's Guide to Learn;

  • + What your timber’s real enemies are (and what you can do about it)

  • + Staining or oiling? Pick the right option here and avoid a common mistake

  • + The 4 common misconceptions about Cedar cladding.

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Or, if you want our team to take care of it all:

Get a Cedar Maintenance QUOTE

Who is TimberTECH?

With over 20-years in-market, 15 highly-qualified specialist Cedar technicians and 1000’s of homes restored up and down the country, TimberTECH is the authority on Cedar maintenance and restoration (protection). New Zealand-owned and operated, we offer every customer a satisfaction guarantee on all work completed.

TimberTECH transformed our dried-out Cedar house back to the house we knew when we first built it: it’s got the wow-factor again! The team were highly professional, worked long hours and would always leave the place spotless each night. I’d strongly recommend them with a 10/10. "

Pip O’halloran

The quality of their work is excellent and they clean up thoroughly when they’re done. Working with TimberTECH is easy, business-like and realistic. I couldn’t be happier! "

Jan Kennington, Principal, Wilson School

TimberTECH’s service was outstanding. We have dealt with a lot of tradespeople and our Cedar technician was by far the best tradesperson we’ve ever dealt with. We’d give TimberTECH a 10/10: we can’t find fault with anything."
Robert Carter, Harcourts