New house has Cedar deck. Any special treatment? Is it as good as they say?

Hi there I bought a house with a large 3-year old cedar wood deck. It appears to be very nice and they said it cost a fortune, so I want to know how to maintain it properly.
Its fading a bleached, do people generally leave this as it is, or stain it or treat it somehow?
Is cedar wood really resistant to everything as they say it is?
Thanks a lot!
Dean
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So do you think it will be fine with no treatement at all, as long as I like the gray color?
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Leave it ,it will turn grey, if you like the color with your house that is fine. Or you can clean it and use a clear or lightly pigmented transparent stain to get it to look new again. A neighboor tried alot of cleaners he found Sherwin Williams the best. For stains and sealers read Consumer Reports. Do what will look best with your home.
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It will darken, get dirty and mold if in shade, and look uneven from sun and shade but it may be years. Then it will need to be cleaned. There are many ways to go even grey semi trans parent stain to keep it like it is . Live with it for now and research it , you have time if the grey is ok now to you.
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In 1973 - I built a home completely of cedar - inside and out. For 30 years - I put absolutely nothing on it. It weather fine except it got different colors in different places depending on sunlight and rain exposure. In 2003 - wife got sick of the different colors so we stained it. Here are pictures of it stained - www.harry.everhart.com Now after 32 years - the wood is still in good shape. Harry
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Dear Roy -
Thanks for the compliment. We were afraid of staining the home after 30 years - we were afraid because we could not go back to "unstain" if we didn't like it. We called a firm that did restorations. We got a quote of - the house and barn - for $2500. They pressure washed them - sanded them - and stained both of them in a week. Here is my info -
Jack Reardon Yesteryear Log Restoration Company Stain House 570-645-5448 Woodguard Stain Color Honey 2000 800-524-1093 www.loghome-preservatives.com Stained Home July 2001
We were happy with the results. They used an oil based stain and did it all by brush.
We are very happy with the result.
The house is made of two inch thick planks. The barn is made of only one inch thick planks.
The inside of the house is also cedar - but we never stained or painted the inside in 32 years.
Harry
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On Tue, 12 Apr 2005 10:22:15 -0400, Harry Everhart

It really looks great. What kind of what stain did you use. I am about to tackle the same evolution for the same reason,
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