Cedar Shake Siding – Benefits of Shingle Siding, Prices & styles

“If you’re considering investing into new siding for your home this article will go over the benefits of choosing cedar shake siding. This type of siding has less maintenance involved with maintaining a high quality appearance when you compare it to wood house sidings. Cedar shake siding is a very cost effective way to give your home a rustic appearance. Also cedar has strong resistances to insect damage, weathering, rot, and warping…”


This type of siding is just one of many types that are available to the buying public today. You can always distinguish this type of siding because it is made up of cut pieces of cedar. When you install the siding on your home, the shingles are laid down in an overlapping pattern giving a great rustic visual appeal. The one single drawback of this type of siding would be that it can be slightly labor intensive to install.

Benefits and Durability of Cedar Shingle Siding

Warping is one of the main enemies of any type of wood product, especially one in constant contact with the outdoor elements. However, cedar is renown for its ability to resist warping even when its used in severe weather climates. For this reason many homeowners in the Atlantic northeastern region of the United States of America choose to use cedar shake siding on their homes. Nearly all siding contractors are also aware of this, and they tend to promote this type of siding for its many benefits and protection against salt spray along the shorelines of Cape Cod, MA..

Shrinkage can also cause headaches to other types of wooden products, however cedar is also far more resistance to this issue than other types of wood. When other wooden siding shrinks it causes gaps to form in the siding of the home, which doesn’t look good visually. Also these gaps cause the exterior of your home to become exposed and this can lead to many headaches down the road. If you live in a wet climate, shrinkage can be a big issue, so this is just another reason to choose cedar shake siding.

Source: www.mbmcarpentry.com

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You are right to point out that it is not always a good time to buy. i think the downside of a bubble market that we have had is that people not only fork out too much money, period. but also, that they buy the biggest crap for a lot of money. i mean here in wa two years ago you could have sold your old shoe as a house, with holes in it, and someone would have bought it.
but- if you bought low, and bargained for some improvements you should be fine. there are hidden benefits to owning. especially if you want to stay put and raise a family. however, it seems that younger generations do not understand the benefit of that

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  • Avatar Nic Derrigo What are some good alternatives to expensive cedar siding?
    Apr 23, 2011 by Nic Derrigo | Posted in Decorating & Remodeling

    I am building a house up in the mountains and would like to get that cedar sided look but don't want to spend the money. What are some good alternatives that don't require a lot of maintenance (besides T111)?

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  • Avatar jkoch1000 What are some good alternatives to expensive cedar siding?
    Nov 03, 2006 by jkoch1000 | Posted in Other - Home & Garden

    I am building a house up in the mountains and would like to get that cedar sided look but don't want to spend the money. What are some good alternatives that don't require a lot of maintenance (besides T111)?

    • Vinyl wears like iron and comes in various finishes. Our is still in great shape after 20 yrs.

  • Avatar Sharon Replacing wood on my house - cedar vs regular treated wood?
    Aug 20, 2007 by Sharon | Posted in Maintenance & Repairs

    We have Cedar wood on the outside of our house. It's old and needs replacing. What are the advantages/disadvantages of replacing the wood with cedar vs treated wood? Does cedar last much longer? Is it much more expensive? I live in Florida, if the weather makes a difference? Someone suggested I just go with vinyl siding, but wouldn't that look tacky on a ranch style home??

    Thanks for any input you can provide!

    • The weather does make a difference, as you purported.

      Cedar is naturally insect resistant and lasts a long time out in the weather. Out of all the natural wood sidings available, cedar is relatively the be ….. which is good, ESPECIALLY economically, but it's the looks of it which are it's downfall... but THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT STYLES which are available, you just have to research it on your own.

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  • Avatar Ace Is cedar siding any good?
    Dec 05, 2009 by Ace | Posted in Decorating & Remodeling

    We have a cedar siding we are thinking of repairing it or change it. what is the best option?

    • Cedar was once THE choice for real wood siding. Cedar, like red wood,withstand weather quite well. It also holds paint well.
      People don't use it as much because there are cheaper alternatives and it is more and more difficult to obtain.
      So for real wood siding, if your budget can stand it, keep the cedar.

  • Avatar test123 Is siding better or painting better?
    Jan 07, 2006 by test123 | Posted in Maintenance & Repairs

    We have 18 yr old Cedar siding in our house. In order to increase its life, we are planning to cover it with vinyl siding. SOme of our friends suggest that we do painting rather than vinyl siding. What does Yahoo Answers think?

    • This depends. Painting it ups the value of your house. But, if you dont sell it, you have options. Shingles look alot better. Some people want shingles but cant afford it. Its alot better looking then clapboard. But, it …self. Some singles are like a dollar to two dollars a square foot. So, if its everywhere, it might cost you just one bundle of shingles. Thats it. If you still disagree, just get estimates for both and you will find out.