Using cedar shake siding for your exterior walls can create a good looking and impressive appearance to your home. Many homeowners (and builders) choose this material because it can look both rustic and elegant. But like most things, there are pros and cons to selecting cedar shake siding.
The first thing we should do is understand the difference between shakes and shingles. Shakes are split, while shingles are sawn.
This means that the shakes are thicker and rougher looking. Although shingles are smoother, they are not dressed. Therefore, they retain a rustic look that many homeowners like.
There is very little maintenance involved in either. They both turn grayish as they weather, again adding to the rustic appearance. Many believe this weathering adds to curb appeal.Disadvantage
The downside of the cedar shingles is cost. The material is about 25% higher than shakes, and they take longer to install. Although cedar siding will last many years, cement board siding is more durable.
In both cases, your installation costs will be considerably higher than other types of wood siding. The installer has to nail each piece individually. There is a lot of measuring, and a lot of cutting around windows, doors, eaves, and trim.
Typically, there are thousands of pieces needed for the average-size house. If you do it yourself, prepare for many days of tedious work.
In the event that you prefer to have your cedar shake siding painted or stained instead of natural, use spraying equipment. And if you want to be sure that you cover those tiny spaces behind and between the shakes, paint them before you install them. It’ll take longer, but you will have complete coverage.
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