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A visual guide to the wood options available for exterior siding on homes. Manufacturer information included.
The charm and warmth that cedar shakes convey is timeless in appeal, yet wood shakes require constant maintenance, up-keep, and re-staining.
NichiShake individual shake boards beautifully replicate the deep grain of wood shakes and come in a variety of widths. When installed, these boards provide the warm appearance of shakes without the maintenance hassles.
CedarBoards insulated siding is Energy Star rated, provides five times more impact resistance than traditional vinyl siding, and reduces sound transmission. Plus, it has the look of beautifully crafted wood siding with a straight, flat face; a deep straightedge panel projection; and a wood-grain finish molded from actual selected cedar boards.
CedarBoards insulated vinyl siding
Castia Stone siding combines old-world elegance with technological innovation. This simulated stone siding is created using lightweight concrete in molds made from natural stone for an authentic texture.
Castia Stone is a mortarless system that can be installed year round and does not require a special footing or foundation because all siding pieces are individually attached to the existing wall. The advanced bracketing system allows the simulated stone to be applied like cedar siding while simultaneously creating airspace for ventilation and drainage.
Castia Stone simulated stone siding
by Castia Stone
Monogram by CertainTeed offers wonderful ways to express your home's unique style. This vinyl siding is available in the classic rough cedar clapboard and rough cedar dutchlap styles.
The cedar finish is molded from actual cedar boards and is offered in 28 low-gloss solid colors and 8 low-gloss wood-tone blends with 36 coordinating trim colors. With a wind-load pressure of 220 mph and a Class A fire rating, this virtually maintenance-free siding is worth a close look.
Monogram vinyl siding
HardiePanel vertical siding offers low maintenance without losing the charm, beauty, and character of real wood. It will not rot or crack; resists damage from rain, hail, and flying debris; and can be installed to resist hurricane-force wind.
This fiber cement vertical siding is non-combustible and comes with a 50-year transferable limited warranty. All styles are pre-primed with PrimePlus sealer and primer, providing an excellent surface for paints.
HardiePanel fiber cement vertical siding
by James Hardie
Cedar Impressions by CertainTeed brings the beauty of cedar shakes and shingles and the performance polymer siding together for this classic look. Molded from real cedar shingles, this siding is the most natural-looking cedar shingle and shake siding available without the maintenance of wood.
Tested to withstand hurricane-force winds, this polymer cedar siding was designed for whole-house applications or for use as accents. Shingles are available with a straight edge, staggered edge, or half-round cut, and shakes are available in rough-split shakes and staggered rough-split.
Cedar Impressions polymer siding
Advanced Rock Technologies offers lightweight, easy-to-apply polyurethane panels molded to look like actual rock. Once installed, the panels are indistinguishable from rock siding. The panels are impact resistant, have a Class A fire rating, a high R-value, and weigh less than 1 pound per square foot.
Because each panel covers several square feet, the overall cost and difficulty of installation is much less than that of traditional masonry panel products -- labor savings on panel installation often exceeds the actual cost of the veneered panels.
Faux-Rock Polyurethane Siding
by Advanced Rock Technologies
WeatherBoards fiber cement siding by CertainTeed simulates the natural beauty of wood with siding that's easy to maintain. A wide range of colors and stains are factory-applied and durable.
This fiber cement siding is available in shapes, lap, and vertical-panel varieties. The shapes line comes in decorative panels to be used to highlight architectural personality and create distinction. Lap siding is offered in dutchlap, beaded, and traditional lap. The vertical panels are available in stucco, cedar, or smooth finishes, and the wide range of sizes provides flexibility in usage.
WeatherBoards fiber cement siding
BellaStone gives any home the impressive, ageless feel of authentic, hand-carved stone. With many unique patterns, it also provides sound protection, freedom from maintenance, and can help meet the performance guidelines of an Energy Star-qualified home.
This vinyl stone siding weighs five times less than manufactured cement stone panels, so it can be mounted directly on a wall without costly preparation or special installation materials--significantly reducing installation time. These products offer a 50-year limited warranty.
BellaStone faux-stone siding
ColorMax fiber cement siding by CertainTeed is a prefinished siding that comes in 16 colors and is available in deep-grained lap siding as well as decorative shapes to add accents or cover a full wall.
Fiber cement is a highly durable siding material that offers excellent freeze/thaw and moisture protection, has a Class A fire rating, is impervious to wood-boring insects, and resists the effects of salt spray and UV rays.
ColorMax fiber cement siding
Siding with Dryvit's Outsulation RMD system provides creative freedom that is impossible to achieve with traditional siding materials. Imagine being able to choose almost any color and texture plus 3-D details such as arches, window borders, decorative columns, dramatic doorways, and more. All these details can easily be created with this system's components.
Outsulation® RMD system siding
The owners of this classically detailed Victorian wanted to maintain the historic look and feel of the house minus the maintenance wood siding requires. The Cedar Discovery half-rounds used on the gables provide authentic Queen Anne ornamentation while the Perfection Shingle, used on the turret, provides the traditional look of real cedar shingles and a perfect period complement to the Carvedwood 44 traditional lap siding used on the rest of the home.
Cedar Discovery vinyl siding
by Mastic Home Exteriors
Brick-It combines 21st-century technology with the timeless elegance of traditional brick. Its thin brick or brick veneer siding is a complete panel system made with1/2-inch severe-weather-tested, kiln-fired, authentic clay thin bricks. The panel system makes the installation of the thin brick easy, economical, and durable and allows for a wide range of creative uses. No footings, foundations, or supports are necessary, and no permits are required when used as siding.
Brick-It thin brick siding
For homes simple in design and relaxed in nature, the Rugged Simplicity palette by Exterior Portfolio by Crane is a perfect blending of warm hues and textures grounded in the strength and character of natural materials and the solidity and comfort of home.
Rich, earthen hues of Cabin, Country Beige, and Cypress with rugged textures of CraneBoard 6 and Portsmouth hand-split shake create a dramatic effect. This color and texture palette is ideal for a variety of styles from turn-of-the-century Craftsman to suburban homes.
CraneBoard vinyl siding
HardiePlank lap siding cuts, handles, and installs like wood but is much more durable. This siding enhances and protects homes in all kinds of climates. Because it resists swelling, it holds paint three to four times longer than wood. It comes in a variety of looks and textures, all of which include PrimePlus sealer and primer for a ready-to-paint surface.
This cement lap siding is impact-resistant against hail and flying debris, fire resistant, and comes with a 50-year transferable limited warranty.
HardiePlank fiber cement lap siding
by James Hardie
Discover the simple yet defined geometry of a traditional stacked-stone wall with Norstone rock panels. Handmade from select pieces of cut natural stone, each rock panel is unique in color and design. Panels are available in four colors: ochre, charcoal, white quartz, and ivory. The durable stone panel's lightweight, modular form makes it highly versatile and quick and easy to install.
Stacked-stone veneer siding
HardieShingle siding is ideal for homeowners seeking the distinctive look of cedar shingles with the low maintenance and durable characteristics of fiber cement. Use it as a primary siding or as a decorative accent to other styles of siding.
These siding panels come in a variety of decorative edges including half-round, straight, and staggered. These fiber cement cedar shingles are available as individual shingles that come in a variety of widths for an authentic handcrafted look or as panels that expedite installation of large areas.
James Hardie's shingle siding is non-combustible and comes with a 30-year transferable limited warranty.
HardieShingle fiber cement siding
by James Hardie