Cedar shake siding can be made either of wood, vinyl, or recycled materials. Cedar shake siding is a great way to gain the best energy saving benefits while promoting unique curb appeal. If you are considering siding for your home to better insulate or for a new construction project Placer Exteriors can handle the task.

Things You Should Know About Shake Siding:


Shake Siding is a textured siding that appears to run vertically instead of horizontal. It gives the pattern of wood, even if vinyl is being used. They won't lay flat on the exterior wall and overlap one another from the bottom of the shingle on to the top of the next row. Often you will see shake siding shingles that are multi-colored, giving the illusion of different woods or stains used. Cedar shake shingles are not equal looking because shake sidings are irregular. Unlike shingles, they are split into one or both sides.

Energy Saving

Shake siding is one of the best options if you are looking for an energy efficient siding option. They do better overall than aluminum, stone, or even vinyl. They typically will reach an R-factor of 1. When you compare this to other options that will usually only reach .8, the amount of heat resistance is much more significant with shake siding.


When you select real cedar wood for shake siding, you are choosing an eco-friendly alternative. Wood can regenerate and is a resource that is by nature eco-friendly. There are other options for shake siding out there that are comprised of recycled material and vinyl, but wood, namely cedar is an excellent option if you are looking for energy-saving benefits.

The Installation Process

Cedar shake siding installation is much like other siding installations. The one difference is shake siding does take a bit longer, this can be due to having to install multiple layers. Once you have selected the material you wish to use, Placer Exteriors will begin the installation. The initial step in the installation process is wrapping the house in a waterproof sheeting and flashing when necessary. It will act as a barrier for water while allowing moisture to escape.

Next, we'll create the window or door trim, and create the corner trim. After all the trim is in place, we can begin to apply the shingles, which will start in the corner. Once the interior and exterior angles are finished, it is time to be establishing the line. Once a line is established, and any trimming of the shingles are done, the rest of the shakes can begin being laid. It will continue until the whole side is finished. A layer of caulk might be used around windows and doors to ensure a good moisture seal.