The Benefits and Drawbacks of Shingles and Shakes
Wooden shake has been a siding staple for years, and come in a variety of woods including oak and redwood. Shingle siding, by contrast, is made of cedar. There are two main types of cedar shingles, including the #1 grade, or the blue label, which are the best types of cedar shingles and are used on the outer surface of the home; and #2 grade, or the red label, which are also nice and work best as an under layer.
The best part about shingles and shakes is that they come in a variety of patterns and widths, ranging in size from three inches to 14 inches and lengths from 16 inches to 24 inches. They are usually sold in their natural state, meaning they are unpainted; however, some retailers do sell them stained, painted or treated with fire retardant. Find out more about painting vinyl siding products.
It is also important to understand the difference between shingles and shakes. A shingle is thinner at the butt and sawn on each side; a shake is split on either one side or on each side. Shakes usually last much longer than shingles.
You must determine whether or not you want a rustic or stately look for your shingles or shakes. Depending on the additional exterior decor of your home, you may opt for clean lines or a staggered look. You can also choose some different accents and trimming to complement the look of the shakes and shingles.
Both shingles and shakes are extremely durable. If you live in a climate with elevated heat and/or humidity, the life expectancy of your shingles and shakes is somewhat diminished. The best way to preserve shingles and shakes in these types of climates is to apply mildew retardant at least once every three years.
The benefits of using siding that consists of either shingles and shakes have to do with the cosmetic appeal of the materials. Another positive aspect is the fact that termites are not a problem when it comes to vinyl shakes siding. There are some disadvantages, including the fact that it tends to burn much more easily. Both also tend to color with age and the material can become loose in strong winds.