The Pros and Cons of Cedar Shake Siding

Because of its ability to dramatically transform a home, cedar shake siding is a popular option for many homeowners who want to update the look of their house. While the warm and inviting look of cedar wood is enough to make many blindly opt for this siding choice, it is best to make a well-informed decision that takes into account the pros and cons.

Emilio Bonilla of Siding Magazine breaks down the advantages and disadvantages in his article Cedar Siding. Here are the highlights:


    • It effectively insulates your home regardless of climate
    • It can be used for a number of different styles of homes
    • It is 50% less likely to warp or swell due to water damage than other types of wood siding
    • It is of much higher quality than other wood siding
    • It is easy to work with


    • It requires a lot of maintenance
    • It may discolor or mildew following exposure to water if not cleaned regularly
    • It is significantly more expensive than traditional vinyl siding

For more information, read the full article here.

If you are interested in getting a price estimate for cedar, vinyl or fiber cement siding for your Chicagoland home, be sure to call the professionals at Baltic Exteriors. One of our roofing and siding specialist will be happy to go over samples and price estimates with you. We have a long history of proven experience and believe that our quality workmanship and high level of customer satisfaction speaks for itself. Learn more by contacting us today.

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