I used western red cedar for the siding on the home I built in southern Wisconsin 11 years ago and have had nothing but problems with it since. In addition to requiring re-staining every 3 years and the usual mildew (yes I’ve tried pressure washing, bleach, oil base stain and water base stain and it still comes back) I now have woodpeckers boring holes through it and nesting in the wall cavities. I’ve tried electronic devices that emit a predator’s call on a random basis and have covered the holes, but they just move to a new location on the house and bore a new hole.
The bottom line is that I’m feed up with the stuff and would like to replace it. But with what? Vinyl does not appeal to me. Brick or stone are my first choices as they are relatively maintenance free and woodpecker proof, but they are pricey and not easy to retrofit. Cement board siding may be an option, but I have no experience with it and I’m concerned that it may not be woodpecker proof.
Comments/suggestions on retrofitting with brick or stone or some other product and the durability of cement board siding would be appreciated.