Vinyl shake siding: A Brief History

Shake siding is an attractive exterior cladding for homes made from pieces of wood cut from a solid log. These shakes are created by cutting and splitting the log into several thin pieces that are a bit uneven and rough. When installed on a home they impart a charming, rustic look.

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Traditional wood shakes have the same problems you would expect from any wood siding: They must be sealed, painted, or treated on a regular basis to provide protection against rot, insects, and the elements. Wood shakes are often made of cedar, but they can be made of other woods as well, such as redwood or pine.

Vinyl shake siding: As good as the real thing?

Vinyl shake siding became popular in the 1960s, when homeowners realized they could get the beauty of wood without the maintenance. Vinyl shake siding is manufactured to look and feel like the real thing, with uneven shapes, sizes, and grains, but it comes with all the hallmarks of vinyl siding, including a resistance to insects and rot. Vinyl siding never has to be painted and requires virtually no maintenance.

With the dedication to energy-efficiency that pervades the building industry today, most siding manufacturer's are committed to providing top-notch insulation with their products. Where the vinyl siding of yesterday was thin and simply a skin for you home, today's vinyl siding can come with special insulated backing attached.

Vinyl shake siding has come a long way in its attempts to look like the real thing. With all the style and color choices available today, it can be hard to spot the difference between wooden and vinyl shake siding. With all the advancements that have been made in insulation and appearance, vinyl shake siding could be a great option for your home.

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