Homeowners considering a residing job may be drawn to the classic appeal of genuine cedar shake siding boards. Whether they’re stained or painted, cedar shakes offer that perfect finishing touch that can complement almost any style of fixtures like door frames or replacement windows. All these advantages come at a price, however, as cedar shakes are, comparatively, one of the more expensive materials. People with limited budgets often choose the cheaper alternative: imitation cedar shakes made with vinyl.

Today, we explore the similarities and differences between these two siding options and help you come to an informed decision.

Natural Cedar

There’s a reason cedar wood has been the number one siding choice for centuries. The wood itself acts as an effective insect repellant, and the material performs quite well in terms of insulation and sound absorption. Combined with airtight windows, cedar can make for an energy-efficient home. Cedar siding typically has a lifespan of about 75 years, but this could be extended with proper maintenance.

All in all, this type of siding is one of the best options available. The catch, however, is the price tag. All its benefits are a trade-off with its cost, coming at almost twice the price of its vinyl counterpart. Its high costs are compounded by its high-maintenance requirements and its need for frequent repainting.

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding isn’t exactly 100% vinyl. It’s actually a blend of thermoplastics and wood fiber. This allows the material to be extruded into almost any shape, allowing for easier manufacture, storage, handling and installation. This saves you some money on both material and labor. Of course, if you have the budget for it, nothing beats the natural beauty cedar shakes provide, but, if you’re more interested in a cheaper yet equally effective alternative, vinyl might be the answer.

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