Vinyl cedar siding: Rich colors, authentic textures, minimal upkeep

Cedar siding is an American favorite. But its initial cost and installation, ongoing repainting or staining, and deterioration can be expensive. Vinyl cedar siding solves all those problems. Remarkably authentic looks are created by molds cast from wood cedar shakes, shingles, and planks. Maintenance involves hosing it down periodically.

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Choose among several cedar vinyl siding brands

A number of brands offer style lines with that cherished thick, deep-grained cedar look. Narrow down your choices among several vinyl cedar siding manufacturers including:

  • Alside
  • Certainteed
  • The Foundry
  • KP Building Products
  • Mastic
  • RMC Siding
  • Royal Group

Styles emphasize cedar's beautiful textures

Most vinyl cedar siding manufacturers use castings from real cedar shakes, shingles and planks to achieve highly realistic looks that surpass the siding of vinyl's early days. If you want to match the cedar color of decorative vinyl shakes or shingles to the primary siding on your home, stay with one manufacturer for all styles. If you're using contrasting colors, you can choose each style's brand separately. Vinyl cedar siding styles include:

  • Shakes and shingles: Shakes are thicker with a pronounced, random, hand-split-looking grain. Shingles are flatter and thinner with a sawn or split-wood grain. Both may have straight or staggered bottom edges.
  • Decorative shapes: Half round, hexagon, fish-scale, mitered corner, half-cove and octagon shapes are available.
  • Horizontal and vertical siding: Clapboards, board-and-batten, and other standard cedar-look styles complement decorative shakes and shingles.

Vinyl cedar siding prices

You may be using vinyl cedar siding only for accents under gables or above masonry. However, a rough materials estimate for an 1,800-square-foot home with cedar colored vinyl clapboards is about $1,200 to $1,800. The same home covered with vinyl cedar shakes will cost in the neighborhood of $5,000 to $6000. Be sure to compare prices, as they vary greatly for similar products.

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