A house outfitted with vinyl shake siding

Vinyl Shake Siding Versus Other Siding Options: A Cost Comparison

A home siding project isn’t cheap. 

Before the project can even get underway, you need to choose between siding styles (there are more than you might think!). Then, once you have a style in mind, you need to factor material costs and labor costs into your total project cost, because prices can fluctuate drastically. The wide variety in types of siding is matched by a wide range of potential costs! 

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Home with possible vinyl shake siding issues.

What is Vinyl Shake Siding?

Vinyl shake siding is a synthetic alternative to cedar shake siding. It seeks to emulate the rustic look of freshly sawn cedar planks, but doesn’t have the hassle of caring for real wood siding. It’s constructed of polyvinyl chloride (or pvc) which is the same material that regular vinyl siding is made of, and its distinctive look can add fantastic curb appeal to your home. Plus, it costs about 30-40% less than cedar shake siding!

Vinyl siding manufacturers make vinyl shake siding in small pieces that are attached next to each other like roofing shingles, instead of long pieces like regular vinyl siding. After installation, shake siding can have a straight horizontal edge or staggered edge, depending upon the desired final look. The straight edge is more modern, while the staggered edge is the old-fashioned option. As long as it is taken care of properly, vinyl shake siding can last for decades!

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