A Simple Guide to Shake Siding

Shake siding is a very popular option when you want your home to look as good as they do in the Hamptons, and all across the Midwest, as well as other places in the USA, shake siding is the most popular choice. The finish is generally considered an aesthetically pleasing one, mixing the natural elements of outdoor [looking] materials with elegance. It’s a traditional look, but with a twist.

You can generally find shake siding in vinyl and wood, but only one of them offers a list of benefits that would be tough to beat ... and it's not the wooden ones. Although the ‘best-looking’ in the eyes of many, wood-based siding materials are prone to problems when they are not properly cared for, and this can include infestations of insects, splitting from expansion and shrinkage with temperature extremes, and wood rot, among many, many others. Wood shake siding is also considerably harder to clean, requires painting or staining on a regular basis (around every three to six years), and is more of a specialist field in some areas. Wood materials are more expensive, as are the labor costs. The job will also take slightly longer to complete.

Vinyl shake siding, on the other hand, can look just as good as wood shake siding, and you can actually mimic the classic and traditional finishes of many other types with the durable material. In fact, vinyl shake siding has many benefits to offer the average family home — easy and quick installation so that the household is not disrupted for too long, resistant to most types of severe weather, doesn’t require regular staining or repainting, isn’t prone to insect infestations or rotting, comes in a variety of different options, and is cheaper than most other siding types. As if that wasn’t quite enough, vinyl comes with long guarantee times AND lasts longer than the average siding type.

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