Shake It Up: Why Installing Cedar Shake Siding Is
Beneficial for your Home
Cedar Wood Siding to Update and Protect Your Home
Wooden shake siding has been seen in homes going back many years, and are made
from many different types of wood such as cedar, redwood, and oak. Cedar shakes
give homes a rustic look because of their rough and somewhat irregular
appearance, when compared to the clean outlines of shingles. They are
particularly popular in seaside homes.
Homeowners usually install cedar shake sidings either all at once, or in layers
to make some sort of pattern. To encourage a longer life, the wood must be
treated prior to installation, and checked and replaced when necessary. This is
more often done at the factory for the benefit of customers who are interested
in a rustic look meant to last.
Single Course or Double Course?
Installing cedar shakes is pretty much the same as installing shingles. The
traditional way to install cedar shakes is through a method called single
coursing. This is when each piece of cedar siding covers half of the one below
it, much like staggering and layering on cedar siding on top of one another to
provide a scale-like appearance. Nails are used to secure each shake, and
spaced accordingly so that the next line of shakes will cover the preceding
Another method of installing cedar shakes is double coursing. This method makes
use of an undercourse shingle placed on top of the preceding line of shingles.
This makes for a more economical installation since a lesser-grade product is
used for the undercourse. Double coursing produces a more defined scale
appearance than that of shakes installed using the single coursing method.
Choosing nails when installing cedar shake siding
The type of nails you choose to use when installing cedar shake siding should
be considered also. The right nails play an important role in ensuring that
your cedar wood siding endures for a long time. Ideal nails to use on cedar
wood are the aluminum, double-dipped galvanized, or stainless steel. Other
types of nails such as plain steel nails are not advisable because reactions
between the nails and the siding and the environment will create ugly stains on
your siding over time. Take care not to drive nails too deep into your shakes
as this might cause your cedar shake to split.
Choose Cedar Shake Siding
Cedar shake siding has been a firm fixture in construction history, and has
experienced waves of popularity throughout the years. Cedar shake siding is a
great addition to your home because it provides an extra level of protection
against the elements as well as natural insulative qualities. Add that to the
fact that cedar is a very durable natural material, known for its longevity.
With proper maintenance, cedar shake siding can last for a lifetime.