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27 Sep

Cedar Shingles and Shakes—Some Factors that Can Influence Your Choice

Jennifer Blair's article for SFGate.com is about the factors you should consider when purchasing cedar shingles or shakes, which can also be custom-cut into various shapes to match your home's architecture or your siding design preference. You should weigh the pros and cons before purchasing any type of material.


Right CedarBoth red and white cedar are used for siding materials, but there are differences between the two species. Red cedar siding is usually more durable and comes in a variety of styles so you have more design options for your home's exterior. White cedar siding only comes in one style, so its design possibilities are limited. 


Cedar siding typically has two finishing options: a semi-transparent or solid finish. A semi-transparent finish is applied in a single coat and protects the siding from the elements. However, because the finish is semi-transparent, it allows the natural color and texture of the cedar to show through. Solid finishes also protect the siding from the elements, but it stains the cedar to alter its natural color. 


The sheer number of siding options that are currently available in the market makes choosing really difficult. However, if you've already made up your mind to have cedar siding installed, you'll find it easier to pick the type if you are aware of the different grades, styles, and finishes of quality cedar shingles. Some suppliers like WoodRoof.com provide a list of all the features of cedar that you need to know to make an informed decision.


Cedar shake or shingles usually come in three grades based on their thickness and breadth. The process of installation may differ due to quality gaps but the basic ideas are simple enough for the average person to understand. Coating for protection also has various requirements depending on the material. All these can be properly explained if you go to the right cedar shingle or shake supplier.


Your choice of siding determines the outer appearance of your home, which you'll have to live with for several years. Beyond the quality and protection value, think of the look and feel you're trying to achieve. This is why you should be careful in deciding which of the available products you should install. Consider all these factors carefully and trust the right suppliers


(From How to Choose the Right Cedar Siding, SFGate)

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