Residing your home is a large investment, not only financially but in some ways psychologically. The siding options available from wood, vinyl, fiber cement, stone can be overwhelming.  Research is key, you want to make sure you are choosing the perfect cladding that will enhance the beauty of your home.

Today we will focus on the pros and cons of authentic cedar shakes versus engineered wood shakes.

Cedar Shakes

Typically made from Western Red Cedar or White Cedar, its authentic warmth draws people in. It can be painted or stained which will give you a plethora of options. Naturally resistant to the elements, it will withstand Mother Nature’s ever-changing mood. Cedar shakes are also ecological, versatile and offer insulating properties.

On the negative side of things, cost and maintenance are at the top of the list. Cedar must be regularly stained or sealed in order to protect it from moisture infiltration and mold. This upkeep will add a few thousand dollars every few years, if not properly treated it can attract insects which will lead to decay. We have also noticed, in the Northeast particularly, that woodpeckers occasionally bore into cedar siding.

To Summarize: 

Pros of Cedar Shake Siding

  • Curb Appeal
  • Contains naturally resistant properties
  • Eco-friendly
  • Insulating properties

Cons of Cedar Shake Siding

  • Requires additional maintenance and cost
  • Susceptible to moisture and mold
  • Potential to attract insects and woodpeckers in some regions

Engineered Wood Siding

You might be wondering what engineered wood siding actually is. At its core, engineered wood is authentic wood, composed of different wood fibers and strands along with resins to create its panels, offering the same advantages as cedar in terms of weather resistance and versatility.

Engineered wood siding is available in a multitude of colors and is accompanied by an outstanding warranty (KWP offers a 25/50 warranty). This drastically cuts down maintenance costs; aside from simple washing nothing else is required.

Although Cedar siding is the most ecological choice (if not treated with chemicals), engineered wood siding has come a long way. KWP’s siding is produced with 100% pre-consumer recycled and reclaimed wood. It’s also FSC certified and can contribute towards LEED points. Learn more about our sustainability here.

Whether you choose natural wood cedar shakes or engineered wood shakes, be sure to factor in the upkeep and weigh the warranties. Natural beauty does come with a price.

Amp up Your Curb Appeal With KWP Shakes

With our stunning colors and profiles to select from, KWP is a showstopper when it comes to beautifying your home exterior. Our Hampton and Woodbury Shakes offer design versatility with the look of Cedar Shakes but none of the maintenance.

If you are looking for inspiration, download your digital copy of our Look Book today!