I'm house shopping and I have a pretty good idea about the costs to maintain painted cedar exterior siding, but I've run into a few homes with stained cedar exteriors. How does the cost to maintain stained cedar siding compare to maintaining painted?
It all depends on the product used (Brand). With stain it's designed to penitrate the wood and seal it from the inside outward where as a paint sits on top of the surface which allows room for dirt and moisture to enter in behind creating more pealing or bubbling or lifting. In my opinion stained would be much more cost efficient than painted.