Cedar Shake Siding Cost, Plus Pros & Cons: 2020

Wood siding encompasses many styles, shapes, grains and grades / quality. Here we’ll focus on the shakes and shingles for style and shape with cedar as the grain.

Cedar shakes and shingles are actually two distinct styles, even though people routinely reference them as if it were just one style. Both are shorter, vertical wood planks that are installed in an overlapping fashion.

Shake is traditionally axe-cut while shingles are saw-cut. In today’s world, they are quite likely both sawn and shake is just made to resemble the appearance of an axe chipping at the surface. Shake, historically, tends to have wider butt ends than shingles.

Wood siding isn’t as popular as it once was, but cedar shake and shingles display the beauty of wood in a prominent way. It tends to be more expensive than other wood siding options, due mostly to labor, and has some advantages over other wood siding options.

Pricing Information – Part 1

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PVC Composite Wood Siding Cost and Pros & Cons 2020

There’s a (relatively) new sheriff in the composite siding market, known as cellular polyvinyl chloride (PVC). It closely resembles natural wood, both in how it is cut and shaped, yet overcomes the primary disadvantages of the natural product.

PVC as a construction material has been used for nearly a half century. Whereas cellular PVC is still in its first decade of residential use as a siding material.

While wood is its most obvious competitor, there is more than one product that many consider in the category of composite siding.

Essentially, any siding that seeks to mimic wood fits here. That includes cellular PVC, engineered wood, fiber cement board and even vinyl. The last three have their own niche in the market and fairly established brands.

Top manufacturers of cellular PVC include: CertainTeed (trim), Royal Building Product’s Celect line, and NuCedar. As this short list shows, whatever wood does for home siding, cellular PVC can do. This includes, lapboard, vertical boards, cedar shingles immigration, trim, etc.

Pricing Information – Part 1

NuCedar notes the cost as more expensive than fiber cement, and slightly less expensive than natural red cedar.

Thus, expect to pay in the range of $10.50 to $13.50 per sq. ft. of composite wood siding installed. This, in turn, would translate to roughly $23,000 to $30,000 for a typical two bedroom house.

Note: When it comes to pricing cellular PVC siding, it is not so easy to do. None of the manufacturers above convey such information in specific terms. This is perhaps due to the variation in application or desire to avoid sticker shock.

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