Fiber cement shake siding vs cedar shake siding

Likely, when you think of shake siding, it brings to mind either cedar shakes or fiber cement shakes. If you need to update your siding, shake sidings are a great option. They also will add both charm and major curb appeal to your home. But with both being so popular and beneficial in their own way, how do you know which one is right?

Prism Exteriors Reno’s and Contracting Ltd. in Calgary are a siding company that offers every type of siding. They share the differences between cedar and fiber cement shakes to help you choose:

Appearance and curb appeal

From a pure aesthetic and curb appeal view, both fiber cement and cedar shakes will add a sense of natural beauty. Shake siding in general lends a certain charm to any home’s exterior. The style is specifically ideal for homes with cottage or bungalow architectures, but any home can benefit from shakes.

Cedar shakes naturally offer the look, feel and smell of real wood to your home. For that reason alone, they are a popular choice for that curb appeal boost. They also provide high noise reduction and great insulation for better energy efficiency. While fiber cement is manufactured, it can still offer the look of real wood. Thanks to its wide range of colours and textures, it can also easily replicate any wood look. Need some ideas with all the colour options available? Look at these cedar shake siding homes for some help. 

Durability and maintenance

When you invest in new siding, the last thing you want is to have to replace it again in just a few short years. Cedar and fiber cement siding though, are both extremely durable options with lifespans of easily 25+ years. That being said, the main difference with reaching that lifespan is the maintenance involved.

Fiber cement shakes are naturally insect, moisture and fire-resistant. It also resists rotting and warping, won’t attract woodpeckers, and can withstand extreme weather. Aside from a soapy wash now and then to maintain its appearance, fiber cement is extremely low-maintenance. Eventually, fiber cement will need to be repainted to maintain its colour, but not for several years.

Cedar shakes, on the other hand, require much more maintenance, as it is made from real wood. Still, unlike other woods, cedar is better at naturally resisting rot and pests. Cedar shakes will also need cleaning to remove any moss or algae growth; just never pressure wash cedar shakes. This can cause unwanted damage and risks water getting underneath the shakes.

Over time, the wood will naturally fade to a weathered silvery grey. This is popular for some homeowners who like the look but if not, new paint or stain will return their colour. Paints and stains will also need to be stripped and reapplied every 5-7 years.

Cost and installation

From a cost perspective, both fiber cement and cedar shakes are amongst the more expensive options. Fiber cement will cost $3 to 4$ per square foot, while cedar shakes costs $5 to $7 per square foot. As with any siding installation, it is recommended to hire professionals to handle the job. Fiber cement is a heavy material and if mishandled can easily be damaged. Shake installation as well takes time and experience to ensure they are securely and properly installed.

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Prism Exteriors is a family-run business with years of experience and quality work behind them. They pride themselves on providing their customers with their exact visions to ensure absolute satisfaction. Prism Exteriors offers both custom work and custom materials, including all siding options, to guarantee their customers’ needs are met.

Contact Prism Exteriors for all your siding needs!

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