Shingle and shake siding can add more detail and depth to your home, along with a warm and inviting first impression. While it may not be as long-lasting or resistant to damage as other siding options, shingle and shake siding may be just the style you are looking for. Check out the facts.
Wood shingles tend to cost less than wood shakes, ringing in at about $4 to $7 per square foot, or $6,800 to $14,700 for a roof between 1,700 and 2,100 square feet. Wood shakes, on the other hand, cost $6 to $9 per square foot, or $10,200 to $20,000 for the same sized house.
Depending on your climate, shingles and shakes can be very durable. Heat and humidity will lower the life expectancy, but if properly maintained, expect your siding to last 20 to 40 years.
If you live in an area with hot and humid weather, apply fungicide or mildew retardant every three years. In dry climates, you can preserve the resiliency by applying an oil finish every five years.
In order to keep your siding looking like new, occasionally spray with a power washer on a low setting.
Usually, a shingle is sawn on both sides and is thinner at the butt than a shake. A shake is typically split on one or both sides. On average, the life span of a shake is longer than a shingle.
Shingles & Shakes come in a variety of specialty patterns, with random widths ranging from 3 to 14 inches, and lengths of 16 inches (shingles only), 18 inches, and 24 inches. They are usually sold unpainted, but are also available pre-stained, painted, and treated with fire retardant or preservative.
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