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Hi - We're dealing with new red cedar shingles on a roof and all siding. This will be finished in a month or two. The goal is to maintain the shingles in a light brown/butterscotch color. This link shows what the desired color is: http://www.maguireconstruction.com/NewConstruction.html
The question is how to treat the shingles to achieve this look. If untreated, the shingles will weather unevenly, have dark areas, light areas, etc. So, how do we stain for this look? A semi transparent clear? A semi with some color? AND... when to do the job? Logically, I would think we have to stain before the shingles begin to weather unevenly. A window of a couple of months after they go up? Thanks!
 

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Nice looking house.
For a first class treatment the shingles should be dipped before install.
It will cost more , use more material and be more labor intensive. All six sides will be treated. The more pigment the better but it looks like a clear.
A clear gives the shortest good looks but if maintained it can look good for many years. There are many fine oil products to choose from expect to cost from $ 42.00 a gallon to $78.00 any thing less , well you get what you pay for. Best of luck

Ps. no warranty on your part let the MFG. talk warranty
 
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