Zillow Advice: Buying Process - I am considering purchasing a home that has cedar siding and brick. Is this a lot of maintenance? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-am-considering-purchasing-a-home-that-has-cedar-siding-and-brick-Is-this-a-lot-of-maintenance/234568/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate I agree with the first ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-am-considering-purchasing-a-home-that-has-cedar-siding-and-brick-Is-this-a-lot-of-maintenance/234568/ I agree with the first response! Sun, 20 Sep 2009 16:51:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-am-considering-purchasing-a-home-that-has-cedar-siding-and-brick-Is-this-a-lot-of-maintenance/234568/ 2009-09-20T16:51:00Z I agree with the first ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-am-considering-purchasing-a-home-that-has-cedar-siding-and-brick-Is-this-a-lot-of-maintenance/234568/ I agree with the first answer! Sun, 20 Sep 2009 16:50:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-am-considering-purchasing-a-home-that-has-cedar-siding-and-brick-Is-this-a-lot-of-maintenance/234568/ 2009-09-20T16:50:00Z Regarding the brick, there ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-am-considering-purchasing-a-home-that-has-cedar-siding-and-brick-Is-this-a-lot-of-maintenance/234568/ Regarding the brick, there are two major issues to look for:<br/>1) If a bearing wall, or used for a foundation, the older walls do not have any steel reinforcement.&nbsp; This can cause some problems with structural integity in some areas, especially if prone to earthquakes are high winds.&nbsp; It is hard to "retrofit" brick, and "bolting" is difficult; but it is not impossible.&nbsp; You will want someone that knows structural issues to look at it.<br/><br/>2) The brick itself is usually not the problem, even though it can crush, crumble, and chip.&nbsp; The problem is often the morter.&nbsp; The morter often becomes dry and powdery, especially if a substantial amount of lime was used.&nbsp; mortar used between bricks in the early 1900's through the 1920's often need "repointing".&nbsp; If a screwdriver goes in easily and the morter just scapes out, you have some work to do!&nbsp; Also remember, for fireplaces, you cannot use standard morter, but it needs to be designed for the heat.<br/><br/>Again, get someone to look at it that knows brick and morter before making any decissions, and to determine what maintenance will be required.<br/><br/><br/> Thu, 14 May 2009 01:30:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-am-considering-purchasing-a-home-that-has-cedar-siding-and-brick-Is-this-a-lot-of-maintenance/234568/ 2009-05-14T01:30:00Z Ceder is one of the wood ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-am-considering-purchasing-a-home-that-has-cedar-siding-and-brick-Is-this-a-lot-of-maintenance/234568/ Ceder is one of the wood that has oils that kill termites and discourage moths...&nbsp; Sure, if dry-roted, or other damage, the termites will still eat it, but they will still usually die eating the one board and not go on to the next.&nbsp; Heart redwood also has this advantage.&nbsp; Many other woods and materials do not.<br/><br/>But, because of the oils in the wood, you cannot use a standard waterbased primer.&nbsp; You need a oil-block primer.&nbsp; Many will say "ceder&amp;redwood block" on the can.&nbsp; If you hire a painter, they may do it wrong and cause you lots of trouble with pealing paint.&nbsp; Also, many try to sell you a "texture coat" finish stating it will last 40 years....; first it doesn't, and second a "texture coat" is the entirely wrong finish for a wood siding.<br/><br/>The biggest problem for paint on a wood siding is heat and ultriviolet light from the sun, AND wind and rain.&nbsp; If you maintain a good finish on the house, it will last forever; but if you get behind and start getting cracking and peeling, it takes some work to make sure you get everything lose off before putting on good primer and finish.<br/><br/>Not only are all paint materials not equal, but neither are the people that prep and apply the paint, primers, caulking and spackle.&nbsp; And if spackle is used, make sure it is an exterior spackle and that the wood is already primed!<br/><br/>Wood is good for sound and temperature insulation.&nbsp; Stay away from the "pressboard" fake siding if at all possible as the glues will not hold up well to water and often formaldihyde or other toxic chemicals are used.<br/> Thu, 14 May 2009 01:18:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-am-considering-purchasing-a-home-that-has-cedar-siding-and-brick-Is-this-a-lot-of-maintenance/234568/ 2009-05-14T01:18:00Z Mosquitos are unlikely to ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-am-considering-purchasing-a-home-that-has-cedar-siding-and-brick-Is-this-a-lot-of-maintenance/234568/ Mosquitos are unlikely to be a problem, they prefer standing water and even a very mild current seems to discourage them. Thu, 14 May 2009 00:55:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-am-considering-purchasing-a-home-that-has-cedar-siding-and-brick-Is-this-a-lot-of-maintenance/234568/ 2009-05-14T00:55:00Z I can't answer your question ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-am-considering-purchasing-a-home-that-has-cedar-siding-and-brick-Is-this-a-lot-of-maintenance/234568/ I can't answer your question about the mosquitos but brick siding is one of the easiest types of materials to maintain unless it's painted brick.&nbsp; Wood siding can only be a problem if you have woodpeckers, as our neighborhood does, or a termite or carpenter ant problem... Wed, 13 May 2009 23:47:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-am-considering-purchasing-a-home-that-has-cedar-siding-and-brick-Is-this-a-lot-of-maintenance/234568/ 2009-05-13T23:47:00Z