What is Vinyl Shake Siding?
Vinyl Shake Siding is vinyl siding that has been molded from actual cedar shake siding. Some people call it “vinyl cedar shake siding”. It has all the benefits of vinyl siding without the constant maintenance needed for cedar shake siding.
Shake siding has always been a very popular look but due to the cost of cedar shake siding and constant upkeep needed – many people avoided it. Now with products like Certainteed Cedar Impressions Half-Round Vinyl Shake Siding and Perfection Vinyl Shake Siding, homeowners can have all the best of both worlds!
Shown (left): Certainteed Cedar Impressions D7″ Straight Edge Rough Split. Color: Buckskin.
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Top 5 Vinyl Shake Siding Tips:
1) Get At Least 3 to 4 Estimates
We can’t stress this enough. Estimates! Estimates! Estimates! Honestly, do your research up front, before you sign anything. There is the perfect contractor just waiting for you – but you’ve got to find him or her. Often it takes several bids to find the right contractor at the right price… don’t give up, it’s worth it!
2) Take YOUR Time
You need to ensure the Vinyl Shake Siding you pick is right for YOU. Why? Because vinyl shake siding lasts so long, you need to consider this question “Will I like my Vinyl Shake Siding in 10, 20, 30+ years?” Yes you can paint vinyl siding but painting it kind of defeats the purpose. If you like to change the color of your home every so often then maybe you should consider fiber cement shake siding or cedar shake siding.
3) Pick YOUR Vinyl Shake Siding Colors OUTDOORS!
Indoor lighting and outdoor lighting are almost always very different. Because of this fact, we’ve always suggested that homeowners pick their siding colors outdoors because that is where their siding will be … make sense? Also, colors (especially with vinyl siding) will often appear differently in direct sunlight, overcast & other outdoor lighting situations.
4) Ask to see Vinyl Shake Siding References
When you settle on a few Vinyl Shake Siding styles and colors you like – ask for a list of homes in your area with the style and colors you are interested in. Most vinyl siding suppliers & manufacturers can obtain this list for you. The contractors you are deciding between may also have some houses you can go and look at.
5) Order Extra Vinyl Shake Siding to ensure a Perfect Color Match?
It’s a very good idea to order a little extra vinyl shake siding for potentially need repairs. Don’t bank on the vinyl siding supplier having your exact color down the road. Vinyl siding manufacturers discontinue colors more often than you might think. Also, different ‘runs’ of vinyl siding can differ in color, sometimes slightly and other times the color might be a whole shade different. You will need a flat, protected area to store your extra vinyl siding.