Cedar siding provides a number of unique benefits to your home, including natural resistance to rot and pests, and a high degree of durability that will leave your home looking great for years to come. However, there are many different styles of cedar siding, all which benefit from the material advantages of cedar, but provide different aesthetics and benefits of their own. Understanding what the main types of cedar siding styles are, and what they have to offer, can help you choose the type of cedar siding that best suits your home.
Bevel style cedar siding is the most common type of cedar siding available on the market, and provides the classic siding aesthetic that most people are used to and think of when they think of wooden siding. The cedar boards are cut so that one edge is thicker than the other, and are then installed horizontally over each other, with the thicker edge on top. This type of siding creates a classic aesthetic, while still allowing for proper water drainage.
Channel style cedar siding provides a little more customization. The boards are not tapered, and are installed over each other so that each board slightly overlaps the next one. Channel siding's appearance is close to bevel siding, but provides more texture and can be installed horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. The main practical benefit of channel siding is that it allows for the boards to expand and contract without cracking as the weather changes, making it ideal for climates where temperature swings are common.
Shingles and Shakes
Cedar shingles and shakes are exactly like their roofing counterparts, and can be repurposed for use along the side of a house in order to meld the aesthetic between the roof and the walls. Shingles are more uniform in cut, and tend to be a little thinner, which allows for a cleaner aesthetic to be created. They are also easier to work with, reducing overall installation costs and times. Shakes are rougher cut, but are thicker and thus provide better protection and insulation to the side of your home, which can help cut your energy bills and reduce noise pollution. They provide a much more rustic, natural aesthetic to your house than shingles do. Both shingles and shakes provide a greater degree of customization to your siding, because they come in a wide variety of sizes, textures, and cuts, and can be installed in a wide variety of designs to create a truly unique aesthetic. Contact a company like Professional Home Improvement Inc for more information.