The Difference Between Cedar Shake Siding and Vinyl Siding

When it comes to siding a home, most people either choose cedar siding or vinyl siding. Both are good options, however there are benefits and weaknesses to each. It is important to ensure you are making an informed decision before you invest in your home.

Cedar Siding

Because cedar siding is a natural product, it is often considered to be the more attractive option and has a more timeless, unique look than vinyl. Cedar is better at absorbing sound, and therefore is able to act as a noise barrier. It helps insulate your home, which can affect energy costs in the future. Cedar siding will also add more value to your home.

When you prestain siding you are evenly coating all sides, and edges. This provides extra protection against weatherization and premature finish failure, and it often prevents adhesion problems and moisture getting trapped against your home. By delaying the restaining process, you are saving yourself time and money in maintenance costs.

All of the benefits of using prestained cedar siding counteract many of the reasons people tend to choose vinyl siding.

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is usually a cheaper siding option, although when adding in all the trim accessories with vinyl siding, the cost is much closer to that of cedar siding.

A common complaint about vinyl siding is that it lacks the quality appearance and craftsmanship found in cedar siding. This can result in homes and neighborhoods negatively appearing very uniform.

Vinyl siding can fade, buckle and crack over a period of time. When this happens, the vinyl is required to be completely replaced. Cedar siding gives you the option of infinite color choices as well as ease of repairs in the future.